ReadWriteThink and Other Reading Issues
That's the name of this unique resource partially sponsored by the International Reading Association. I often get questions from parents looking for help with encouraging their sons to read. This is the kind of site I like to recommend.
This debate in the New York Times about schools letting libraries go is interesting, but falls short in one regard: What is the impact of online reading? I've been a consumer of research on this issue -- Is reading and writing online a major contributor to the literacy problems we're seeing among boys? -- and have yet to see anything conclusive.
From the Readwritethink press release:
Newark, DE--Teachers and parents will find a one-stop-shop for standards-based classroom resources at the new-and-improved ReadWriteThink.org (http://www.readwritethink.org), the popular website developed by International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Verizon Thinkfinity in 2002 to provide reading and language arts educators with access to an ever-growing collection of free educational materials.
Launched in mid-January 2010, the redesigned site features improved organization and navigation tools that make it easier to browse among hundreds of standards-based lesson plans, timely activities, recommended book lists, printable worksheets, and interactive tools so that users can quickly find the right resources to support teaching and learning.
Intuitive design is at the core of the new site which features collections by grade-level, as well as collections dedicated to learning outside of the classroom, and professional development.
Every lesson plan at ReadWriteThink.org has been aligned to individual state standards, which can be viewed easily in the new design.
Teachers can also support their students' learning beyond the classroom by referring parents and afterschool care providers to the site's new afterschool resources section, which features tips and how-to's, activities and projects, podcasts, and online tools.