Reading and Writing Lessons and Resources

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Reading and Writing Lessons and Resources

Apr 15, 2020 4 min read

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Read to Lead

This online resources helps middle school students improve their literacy. The site provides games and 120 hours of supplemental resources.

BeeLine Reader

Free to teachers and students affected by COVID-19, this online platform helps students improve their online reading skills.

CommonLit

Teachers can access free digital lesson library online to help their student improve their reading abilities. They can use the website’s tools to share lessons with students and track their progress.

Quill

Students affected by COVID-19 can use this resource to improve their writing skills through proof readings, editing, and other resources. 

University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

Families can explore more than 6,000 historic children’s books at the online library. Access to stories and their historical illustrations are available for free.

The Harvard Classics

Students can access all 51 volumes of the Harvard Classics for free which contain works such as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Beowulf, The Confessions of St. Augustine, various Greek plays, and more. 

Librivox

Students can listen to more than 5,000 free audio books in the public domain at Librivox.

Zinc Learning Labs

This platform offers reading instruction, tools, games, and quizzes for students (grades 6-12) to help them improve their vocabulary. The program is free until the end of the school year.

Boreal Tales

Students can enjoy a 90 day free trial on this online platform which aims to motivate students to write more. The program is appropriate for children grades 1-8.

Headsprout

Enjoy a 90 day free trial of this program which helps students improve their reading skills.

Puku

This online programs helps students improve their vocabulary and is available free of charge for 30 days. Parents can also access free vocabulary sheets.

Audible

During COVID-19, Audible is offering hundreds of free audio books to children.

Bookshare

Students with dyslexia, cerebral palsy, and other barriers can access more than 800,000 free ebooks. The online library offers a broad selection of books, ranging from educational texts to leisure reading.

Crabtree

K-9 students can access thousands for free ebooks on this online platform until June 30, 2020. Children can enjoy reading for fun and educational purposes.

Rosen Publishing Group

Children can access more than 2,000 free fiction and non-fiction titles at this online platform.

WonderStories 

Free for 60 days, this resource aims to help struggling readers by providing chapter books and interactive learning experiences for students at the second and third grade reading levels.

World Trade Press

The online platform is offering free access for 6 months to its learning database. Students can use it to learn more about history, food, and culture through videos, maps, and content.

Write the World

Students (ages 13-18) can use this resource to enter free monthly writing competitions.

Writing Blueprints

This resource provides worksheets and videos to help students (ages 6-10) improve their writing skills for free.

Top Score Writing

Students (grades 2-8) can access free writing lessons at this website. They can sign up for free weekly video lessons which also provide access to a writing curriculum.

NoRedInk

This online platform is offering its services free of charge for the remainder of the school year. Students can improve the writing skills, and the program aims to encourage students to practice writing daily essays.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab

Students can improve their writing skills using this free resource. Students can also access the OWL Youtube Channel to see lessons on grammar, rhetoric, and more.

Boston University Lesson Plans

Boston University offers lesson plans for books such as Charlotte’s Web and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. These lessons specifically aim to provide children with examples of virtue and help them understand how to improve their character. 

LightSail Education

LightSail provides free access (until June 30th) to its K-12 literacy platforms. Students can access 6,000 fiction and non-fiction books.

Edeo Academy

Students and young adults can sign up at Edeo Academy to receive one-on-one online English and writing tutoring. The first session is free.

Storyline Online

Children can watch videos of readings of illustrated classics like The Kissing HandThe Tale of Peter Rabbit, and A Bad Case of Stripes, for free.

Joy Hakim

The platform provides online DIY lessons. Learners can also purchase study guides and other educational resources.

Project Gutenberg 

The platform provides access to more than 60,000 free book online. Popular titles include Grimm’s Fairy TalesPride and PrejudiceLittle Women, and Frankenstein.

Duolingo

A free online platform that can help children learn various languages such as French, German, and Spanish.