English Resources

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Year 8 English students Digital Book Reports Teacher Megan Taylor
This first video clip is an interview of two students explaining how they used multimedia technologies to produce digital book reports.
The second clip shows one of the digital book reports. Thanks to the students and Megan for sharing their innovative use of technology in the English classroom.

This collaborative list was based on Resources compiled by Gail Stanley eLearning Coach Shepparton Network

BrainPopThis site has a paid component but also has some free animated movies/tutorials. They explain concepts in a voice and visual style that is accessible, educational and entertaining for both children and adults. Here is one for student writing – main idea


Storyline Online
Storyline Online is a video program featuring famous actors such as Hilary Duff and others reading childrens books aloud. Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

Sparkle Box
Free teaching resources for Foundation Stage and Early Years practitioners. Add extra spark to your classroom!

Writing Fun
Writing fun explores text types and shows students how to use text organisers to help with the writing process.

English Zone
A site that has everything for Literacy.

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Read, Write, Think

High quality resources for reading and language development.
http://www.readwritethink.org/ student materials including interactive tools http://www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.asp

Great reading resources and games. Some literacy support e.g. a vowel movie, most used words memory game etc.


The world’s leading publisher and distributor of children’s books.

Big Ideas in Beginning Reading
English Works! Reading Exercises
English-Zone.Com - the BEST English-Learner's site on the 'Net!
General English sites compiled by sue lemmer
Go to readwritethink.org-calendar-index.asp
Instructional Strategies Online - Guided Reading
Kids games, videos, stories, crafts, lesson plans - worlds of stuff for kids!
Links - For Students
Links - Teaching Ideas and Strategies
Literature Circles - Student Roles Passage Picker
Literature Circles
Literature Learning Ladders
MyRead Guide – Guided Reading
Primary Literacy Resources
Primary Resources English
Puppets Unit Plan [English Online]
Read, Click and Win with BookAdventure!
Readers Circle
Reading Comprehension Games
Reading Rockets 103 Things to Do Before-During-After Reading
Stories From The Web - Stories

Literature Circles


Guided Reading


Grammar Practice Park
Grammar Paragraphs eThemes eMINTS
Grammar Interactive Writing Activities eThemes eMINTS
Quia - Punctuate!
Grammar Sentences eThemes eMINTS

Spelling website

Words with letter pairs- Have you ever got stuck thinking about spelling words in 2 syllables, 3 syllables, 4 syllables etc? This website provides an enormous amount of blends from A to Z and everything in between. It’s great if you are stumped on needing a word.


BBC - Skillswise - Words - Spelling
Words with letter pairs

SpellBee organisation

consent for participation
Spelling it Right - Learn to spell confidently
Words with letter pairs


Cogdogroo -Web 2.0 Storytelling 50 + ways to tell a story http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways thanks to Alan Levine

Center for Digital Storytelling
Free online materials could save schools billions - USATODAY.com
Main Page - FreeReading
Short Stories 10 Tips for Novice Creative Writers (Kennedy and Jerz)
Teaching Unit - Report writing in a unit of work on inventions
Write Away! Writing Checklist
Write On Reader - Forms of Writing - Paragraphs
BBC - Skillswise Words - Making sentences games
Writers' Window
Beaut Ideas - Targeting Text
Features Of Persuasive Writing
Graphic Organizer Makers
Harcourt School Publishers -- The Learning Site
KWL Chart - Grouping Objects graphic-organizer (1) - Reading and Language Arts - TeacherVision.com
Narrative Text Away with Words
Printable Graphic Organizers for Teachers, Grades K-12 - TeacherVision.com
The Purpose of a Sentence
Prompts with Pictures
Writing with Writers Home
Poetry as We See It

Figurative Language
Simile, metaphor, idioms, personification, extended metaphor, Required skills and knowledge - language features and techniques, Skills by mode: reading and writing, English Skills Year 9, NSW | Online Education Home Schooling Skwirk Australia

ETTC Poetry (thanks to Carol Gurnett RR teacher)
Poetry forms to support poetry writing and examples

Magnetic Poetry
Make your own poems online by physically moving words.

Shocked Poetry

Story Center


General English Sites

A great range of links covering many Literacy areas.

Lil’ Fingers
Simple storybooks that look great on an IWB – Juniors. Make your own!

Speech Teach UK
Some good resources for the teacher including clipart + ideas for games