All sorts of goodies on the web!
A website to help you level texts you find or those you write is called Readability Score
Epic offers tons of real books (and good quality ones, I might add) for kids to read online or mobile devices
The Best Resource for Common Core Writing is Finally Here! – Take a look at Understanding Proficiency to see scored student writing from performance tasks.
Do You Have What it Takes to Create a Performance Task? Yes You Do! – Watch this free tutorial on how to craft a curriculum-embedded Performance Task
Performance Task Handout – This resource goes with the preceding video link
Smarter Balanced Performance Task Specifications – Check out pages 2 and 3 for the research on what makes great performance tasks
GRASPS – A helpful tool for designing performance assessments
Task Templates for Elementary Grades – From LDC.org
Standards Venn Diagram – Take a look at how the CCSS and NGSS portraits and practices intersect.
SBAC Digital Library – Performance Tasks and other curricular and professional resources are added all the time
Designing an Effective Performance Task for the Classroom – Kentucky Department of Education
Universal Design for Learning – Strategies for designing accessible curriculum
What is a Performance Task? – An article by Jay McTighe for ASCD Edge
Universal Design for Learning tech toolkit – Check out these online resources to help differentiate curriculum and instruction
Graphic Organizers and Transitions for Informational Text Structures – from Reading Rockets
Unit Planning Template – Make adjustments that work for you!
Informational Text Map – graphic organizer
Summary Components – mini anchor chart
NEWSELA – nonfiction articles with adjustable reading levels
DOGOnews – articles, book and movie reviews
KidRex – Google’s kid-friendly search engine
Brief, current articles – Environmental Defense Fund
The Learning Network – brief articles from the New York Times
TextProject – home of the FYI for Kids article series, and a lot more
CommonLit – free texts for middle school grouped by theme and question. Tell them a text you’d love to use and they’ll get permission to share it online.
Writing Routines – there are many ways to write!
My Planning Template – a single lesson in writer’s workshop
Mini Lesson Planner – a series of lessons during a week of writer’s workshop
Storybird – digital publishing
Literacy Bytes – writer’s workshop
Persuasive Writing vs. Argument Writing with the Six Traits Gurus
LitCentric’s 2 Sides Argument Organizer
LitCentric’s Argument KELP organizer
LitCentric’s Argument Venn Diagram Organizer
LitCentric’s Argument Evidence Organizer
Persuasive techniques Powerpoint
Kid President Pep Talk Video
Fact vs. Opinion Powerpoint Quiz
Persuasive Writing Powerpoint, printable, and online tool from Read Write Think
Persuasive television commercials
Persuasive Write Time for Kids reading passages, among others
Argument writing explained at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab
Teaching Channel video on collaborative co-teaching