Now, back to answering Sandra Stiles's Ask the TeachingAuthors question. She asked for help in planning her after-school writing class. On Monday, Mary Ann mentioned some books with activities to inspire young writers. Today I'd like to share websites with lesson plans and other resources. Here are six, in no particular order:
- ReadWriteThink contains lots of classroom resources, including lesson plans by grade level and interactive activities.
- National Writing Project has a list of 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing as well as writing prompts and other resources on their site.
- TeachPoetryK12 has its own lesson plans for teaching poetry and also links to other sites with poetry lesson plans.
- EducationWorld offers free lesson plans, including these specifically for language arts.
- Discovery Education provides free lesson plans as well as puzzle making tools. Their site also includes Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, which has additional lesson plans and tools.
- Teachers.net features teacher-submitted lesson plans along with other resources.
Candlewick Press, Scholastic, and Sleeping Bear Press.
25-page Teacher's Guide to our own Esther Hershenhorn's S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet. Esther's book is a wonderful teaching resource for writers of all ages, and you don't have to take my word for it: Among its other accolades, S is for Story was recently named a 2011 Annual Teachers' Choice Awards Children's Book Winner.
Finally, if you're working with young writers who are looking for places to publish their work, see the "For Writers" page of my website.
And if you know of other sites featuring lesson plans to use with young writers, please share them in the comments.