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Tools for Teachers

These are my favorite sites for quickly finding text to use in classrooms. Whether it is finding paired text for ELA, student-friendly research opportunities to support NGSS, or primary sources and inquiry tools for social studies, these are my first stops.


Teacher Resources

NEWSELA—Everyone's favorite resource high interest topics and current events. Articles available at different Lexile levels.
ReadWorks.org—Similar to NEWSELA, but with paired texts and links for literature.
America's Story From America's Library—This site from the Library of Congress is a great way to access primary resources in a simple formats for elementary and middle school students.

EyeWitness to History—A fantastic collection of first person accounts throughout history, as well as analyzing different points of view about events. 
Time for Kids—Check out the resources geared for elementary students that include timely topics and articles.
National Geographic Kids—A great resource for finding text about science topics.

The Smithsonian—Check out the awesome articles about Smithsonian Museum exhibits, research, and more.
Infoplease®—This resource is ideal for finding reference texts to complement your units.
The Digital Collections From the Library of Congress—There is no place that has a better reserve of primary resources.
Literature Learning Ladders—This is website is perfect for genre studies, literature circles, and other literary text resources. 


Multimedia Sources

CNN Student News—Pair these news stories with print versions from different sources.
American Rhetoric—This site houses an extensive collection of speeches, with both audio and text-based materials.

History™.com—An excellent selection of videos from their network, as well as other multimedia on timely topics.
TeacherTube®—An educational channel that is not blocked by firewalls.

Archive.org—This is a free online library with print and video resources.