Reading & Writing
Visit these links to help you in planning for your ELA projects, research, and lessons
American Rhetoric: Thousands of speeches from history, politics, movies, literary figures, religion, sports, and pop-culture. Most are available with both the text and the Mp3, many with the video as well. These make great primary sources when showing how great writers and speakers present their words. It even has links to the most popular magazines and newspapers of today!
Creative Book Builder: This app allows students to create books in epub format (different from PDF in that it preserves any media built in to each document), which can then be exported to iBooks and shared with others. It has a publishing tool for project-based learning or a summative assessment at the end of a unit. Students can embed images, audio files, video files, and write text that aligns with every level of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy.
INK - Non-Fiction Minute: Compelling short self-contained original 400-word essays by top nonfiction children's book authors on a variety of subjects. With illuminating visuals and accompanying audio read by the author. Articles also include MLA citation. Index of topics is in right-margin. Check out the FOR TEACHERS tab for lesson plan ideas on how to incorporate into your curriculum. See articles specific to ELA here.
Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors: This site's mission is to offer teachers, librarians, parents, kids, writers, and anyone with a passion for children’s literature: booklists organized by unique categories, author interviews, market news, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of children’s books from writing to publishing and promoting. It also includes writing tips from published authors, and links to author websites with author resources, and sneak peeks into upcoming novels.
There is not one specific website that can determine text complexity. When determining the complexity of a text three areas should be considered: qualitative, quantitative, and reader and task. Attached documents to support the consideration of qualitative and reader & task. Teachers can go to the lexile website to determine lexile levels
Article on several sites that may serve you in this purpose - provided by D. Kidd. (click for access)
An explanation of how text complexity is determined (click for access). Use the FREE ATOS analyzer (about 2/3 down the page) to analyze your book or text.