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Teaching Reading in Today's Elementary Schools , Eighth Edition
Paul C. Burns, Late of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Betty D. Roe, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
Sandra Smith, Tennessee Technological University
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Book Rap
An Internet site designed to help children discuss literature with other children.

Education Place
The Project Center portion of this site has a list of Internet projects for schools.

Hewlett Packard E-mail Mentor Program
This program links mentors from the company with students. The mentors correspond through e-mail to help the students with their communication skills and their understanding of careers in science and math.

Ink Spot
An Internet site where young writers can find resources to expand their writing abilities.

Intercultural Classroom Connection

An organization focused on enhancing global communication among children through the secondary school level.

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The Education Connection is the creation of a partnership between Vanderbilt University, Little Planet Publishing and Computers for Education. This site provides resources for educators, parents and students.


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America Reads
A national campaign urging Americans to help all children learn to read. Site provides general info to educators, parents and students on the topic of reading.

Language Arts
Site provides balanced literacy booklets for use with students in grades K-12.

By following the links to "Reading & Language" and "Primary Reading", you can locate ideas for lessons and activities as well as resources for several different topic areas.

Reading Online
A journal maintained by the International Reading Association containing practical and research articles related to literacy education.

Standards for the English Language Arts
Provides a list of the twelve standards for English language arts. Also includes information about obtaining supplemental materials designed to assist teachers in applying the standards in their classroom.

TESL Lessons
Providing a variety of links to articles from the Internet TESL Journal and other sources, this site also offers activities and lesson plans relevant to teaching English as a second language (TESL).

Understanding Authentic Classroom-Based Literacy Assessment
This web site, authored by Sheila Valencia from the University of Washington, highlights a number of topics related to authentic assessment of literacy and provides a case example in a fourth-grade classroom.

Ideas and Rubrics
This web site provides general information about performance assessments and rubrics. Along with samples, it includes step-by-step guidelines for developing a rubric.

Kidbibs Interest Inventory
This site offers a model of an interest inventory for teachers to use with their students.

Scholastic Assessment
Sponsored by Scholastic, this web page devoted to assessment has links to a variety of articles by both researchers and practitioners. Some of the articles relate specifically to language arts assessment, others to more general aspects.

Dialogue Journals: Interactive Writing to Develop Language and Literacy
An article from the National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education, written by Joy Kreeft Peyton, describes the use and benefits of dialogue journals.

Best Practices Portfolio: Language and Literacy
Created by the Georgia Office of School Readiness, this site offers teachers and parents information about expressive (oral and written) and receptive (listening and reading) language literacy skills important for children entering kindergarten. The site provides links to activities and instructional strategies that teachers can use to develop early literacy skills.

Literature Circles
Besides information about setting up literature circles, this site discusses the various roles played by teacher and students and lists useful assessment techniques.

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
This web site provides full access to the report from the Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children, established by the National Academy of Sciences. The report, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children (Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998), is one of the most current and comprehensive investigations of reading problems and reading instruction.

Reading Recovery
This site provides a detailed outline of a Reading Recovery lesson, along with information about some of the reading strategies children use as they progress through the program.

Soar to Success: The Intermediate Intervention Program
The web site for the Soar to Success reading intervention program offers information about the intensive training model, research articles regarding the intervention's success, comments from classroom teachers, and a discussion forum.

Winston-Salem Project
This site describes the Winston-Salem literacy instruction project, designed by Patricia Cunningham of Wake Forest University in collaboration with teachers Dorothy Hall and Connie Prevatte, as well as the project's support program, Facilitating Reading for Optimum Growth (FROG), which provided daily instruction in small, heterogeneous groups.

PALS: Activities
PALS stands for Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening, and this site offers dozens of activities related to rhyming, letter sounds, alphabet recognition, and the like, as well as links to teaching resources.

The Perpetual Preschool: Language and Literacy Area
This web site contains a variety of language activities used by teachers in their classrooms.

Read*Write*Now! Activities for Reading and Writing Fun
This online booklet, developed as part of the national America Reads Challenge, offers literacy games and other activities for children at various stages, including preschoolers.

Rebus Rhymes: Mother Goose and Others
A web site containing dozens of nursery rhymes that teachers can use in their preschool and kindergarten classrooms, plus visual clues as an added incentive to help children learn the words they are seeing and hearing.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: Children's Books
Useful reviews of children's books by the site's author. Each review contains a brief summary of the story along with a critique.

Effective Decoding Instruction for Diverse Learners
Designed for use in a workshop, this web page provides links to various types of information about decoding instruction, including a five-step lesson plan.

Predictable Books
This web site, developed by the Monroe County Public Library in Indiana, provides a list of predictable books-books that encourage children to predict what will come next-in eight different categories.

Ready to Read: Building Skills Through Early Care and Education
This chapter from the U.S. Department of Education's publication Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every child Become a Reader provides valuable information about supporting literacy development during the early years. The chapter describes a number of useful activities and highlights several exemplary programs from around the country.

Use the Web to Enhance the K-2 Reading Curriculum
This curriculum article on the Education World site discusses using the Web to enhance reading curricula in kindergarten through second grade. The article contains links to a number of sites that teachers can use to augment their reading instruction.

Activities for Teaching Reading
Specific guidelines for a number of useful reading instruction activities.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
Sponsored by the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA), this site includes information on early literacy acquisition and effective strategies for teaching reading, as well as links to CIERA publications.

Read to Succeed: How Schools Can Help Every Child Become a Reader
This chapter from the U.S. Department of Education's publication Start Early, Finish Strong: How to Help Every child Become a Reader discusses the components of effective literacy instruction, the role of teacher preparation, the importance of the school community, and a variety of other topics.

Teaching Word-Identification Skills and Strategies: A Balanced Approach
A comprehensive discussion by John J. Pikulski of a balanced approach to instruction for beginning readers.

General-Purpose Learning Strategies: Reading Comprehension
From the Center for Advancement of Learning at Muskingum College, this site is a valuable resource for teachers interested in reading comprehension. It contains both general information and descriptions of many specific strategies for classroom use.

Issues in Literacy Development
An extensive discussion of literacy development research and instructional practices, written by John J. Pikulski and J. David Cooper.

Reciprocal Teaching
Maintained by the North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL), this site describes reciprocal teaching and outlines the common strategies used.

The Children's Literature Web Guide
An omnibus site that aims "to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults."

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
This "online writing assistant" offers step-by-step guidance for writing informal, thesis/support, argumentative, and exploratory essays. It also includes practice activities and information about documenting sources.

High-Frequency Word Assessment
A reading assessment, developed by an elementary school teacher in Maine, designed to measure the number of high-frequency words a students can recognize.

Informal Reading Inventory
A tutorial to assist teachers in developing an informal reading inventory.

Education Week on the Web
Reports on various topics related to education.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication
Offers many links to assessment sites.

FairTest Fact Sheets
Links to a number of different assessment-related "fact sheets" produced by FairTest: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing. These documents include information about different types of tests as well as pointed discussions of the problems with standardized testing.

Links to State Education Agencies
This site contains a map of the United States. Click on any state and you will be routed to the web site of the state's education agency, where you can usually find information about the state's assessment programs.

National Center for Education Statistics
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. The site includes many links to other sites: for example, to the National Assessment of Educational Progress site, known as "The Nation's Report Card," and to information about the National Reading Conference.

National Center on Educational Outcomes
Part of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, the NCEO focuses on educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Presents information about forty-five reading assessments used in grades K-2 in the southwestern states and information about state-mandated tests in the Southwest.

ABC's of Inclusion
This site contains a manual, sponsored by the Kansas State Board of Education, on collaborative teaming in inclusive classrooms.

The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
NCPIE is committed to developing effective family-school partnerships throughout the United States. The web site provides guidelines for developing partnerships and information about NCPIE organizations, special activities, and resources.

This web site provides access to a number of different online chat rooms covering topics relevant to teachers. Teachers can use these chat rooms to ask for advice, post lesson plans, and share their experiences.

Working Hand in Hand to Educate Children: Tips for Parents, Families and Teachers
Emphasizing the importance of good relationships between teachers and families, this site provides specific advice useful for both teachers and parents.


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