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DIGITAL STORYTELLING106 (DS106) - PARTICIPATORY ACTIVITY
https://ds106.us/
From the web site: "Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that happens at various times throughout the year"  Browse the site and see ways you can engage students and other volunteers in this creative activity.

DIGITAL TOOLS TO HELP BUILD VOCABULARY
https://www.teachthought.com/literacy/21-digital-tools-build-vocabulary/
This article on the 'teachthought" blog is a list of 21 resources that educators, parents, volunteers and youth can use to help build vocabulary.  Open each link so you know what's included, then come back and use them over and over. 

ESSAY WRITING MADE SIMPLE - FREE TOOL
http://www.theeasyessay.com/?pg=demo#.YYGQE57MLIU
This is a web site that volunteers, parents and teachers can use to help youth to learn to organize their thoughts and build their writing skills. Follow the demo and learn how to use the site. Let us know if this works for you and how you are using it.

GRAMMAR EDUCATION RESOURCE GUIDE
https://www.supersummary.com/grammar-guide/
This is an extensive library of links that focus on grammar. The web site introduction says "There’s no way around it: Good grammar matters. And that doesn’t just apply to English class. Like it or not, people will judge you negatively for your grammar faux pas. So, if you’re looking to improve your grammar skills – whether for school or for life – this guide is for you. In addition to resources for students (or anyone who speaks the English language), this guide includes resources for teachers. Keep reading for some 40 individual resources in six sections, including general resources, reference resources and study resources, among others."

LETTERS TO THE NEXT PRESIDENT, 2.0 - 2016
https://letters2president.org/
During 2016 a series of events encouraged youth throughout the US to write letters to the "next president". These letters are shared on this site.

POETS.ORG - RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
https://poets.org/materials-teachers
This site nourishes, encourages and features the work of poets.  This link points to a section with resources for educators (and youth tutor/mentor programs) to teach poetry writing.  Here's a description from the website:  "Since Robert Frost encouraged our founder Marie Bullock to “get poetry into the high schools” in the 1960s, we’ve been assisting teachers in bringing poetry into the classroom. Here you’ll find poetry lesson plans, poems for kids and for teens, essays about teaching, a calendar of teaching resources for the school year, a glossary of poetry terms, and more. And our lesson plans, most of which are aligned with the Common Core, have been reviewed by our Educator in Residence with an eye toward developing skills of perception and imagination."

RESOURCES FOR POETRY MONTH WRITING
https://askwhatelse.blog/2017/03/31/sol17-doodleaday-sketch50-haibun/
This blog article includes several links to poetry month activities. Take a look.

"SCIENCE OF READING" RESOURCES FROM INTERNATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATION
https://www.literacyworldwide.org/get-resources/making-sense-of-the-science-of-reading
This is one of many articles on the International Literacy Association web site. In this case it "highlights a range of perspectives on the science of reading (SOR) instruction from some of the most exciting and influential literacy researchers in the field."

STUDENT BLOGGING CHALLENGE - EDUBLOGS
https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/
From the web site: "The aim of the student blogging challenge is to connect student bloggers with a global audience while supporting teachers with their classroom blogging.
It runs twice yearly, starting in March and October, and guides the participants through blogging and commenting over 10 weeks."

 
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