General Literacy Websites for Educators (10-12)

General Literacy (for Educators)

  1. Achieve 3000 engaging and purposeful collections include strategic math, language arts, science, reading, and literacy learning opportunities from our proven continuum of Achieve3000 online solutions. (Help during home learning due to Covid-19).
  2. Actively Learn – Support the core curriculum with interactive content that covers all needs: short stories, novels, textbook sections, news articles, primary sources, science simulations, and multimedia content aligned to ELA, science, and social studies standards. For more detailed reporting and features, the premium membership will need to be purchased.
  3. All About Adolescent Literacy – A national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
  4.   BBC Bitesize – and – BBC has education-related webpages in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling and grammar. Students can play games, read, watch videos and take quizzes on various literacy topics.
  5. Better Lesson Plans High School Literacy – Has over 1.4 million members and offers community lessons as well as thousands of lesson plans from Master Teachers, a highly selective group of the nation’s best educators.
  6. Busy Teacher – Browse the database of 17,300 free printable worksheets and lesson plans for teaching English. It will save you hours in preparation time. No registration required.
  7.  Centre for Equitable Library Access – – CELA is Canada’s comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice.  Educators working in K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions may register for the Educator Access Program.
  8.  Choosito – – A smart and safe search engine tool for educators and students that automates the ability to index, analyze, search and deliver personalized digital content based upon reading levels and more. The free option is limited for use.
  9.   CommonLit – – A non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that students graduate with the reading, writing, communication and problem-solving skills they need to be successful. Provides teachers with all the resources needed to set students up for success; built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages starting at grade 3 and complimented by interim assessments, growth-oriented data and teacher development.
  10. Common Sense Education (Digital Citizenship) – All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. This award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum: addresses top concerns for schools, prepares students with critical 21st-century skills and supports educators with training and recognition. Free ready-to-teach K-12 lessons provided to address the changing needs of a classroom.
  11. Creative Educator – Articles are designed to provide an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity. The classroom stories illustrate how K – 12 educators are already utilizing creativity tools in their classrooms and the lesson plans provide specific ideas, resources, and directions that make implementing creative work with technology even easier.
  12. – – The collection features thousands of programs and hundreds of teacher resource guides carefully curated to support provincial K-12 curricula. Available in both English and French. A great tool to help students develop critical-thinking skills. Every week, new content is selected for its educational relevance (commercial-free) including the documentaries, news, drama, and children’s programming.
  13. – – Offers lots of reading and writing worksheets on a variety of topics. Great for launching a lesson, reinforcing skills, evaluating comprehension and so much more. There are many featured companion guided lesson plans and related learning resources to round out your instruction.
  14. Education First – Although this website requires payment for courses and training, there are free resources and that is what has been posted. This collection of free English learning resources is designed to study whatever aspect of conversational English needed for the moment.
  15. Education Quizzes – Active Recall is one of the best practices to consolidate classroom learning. This website has over 3,000 teacher-written quizzes to choose from. Although it is a subscription service, there is a limited free option allowing up to 15 questions per day without subscribing.
  16.   English for Everyone – – It is a resource for printable English worksheets. They offer a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of grade/ability levels. Resources are visually appealing, straightforward, easy to locate, and capture the essence of the English language. No registration is required to access these resources
  17.  English Maven – – Offers a large variety of accurate and concise skill building resources geared towards a range of grade/ability levels. Resources are visually appealing, straightforward, easy to locate, and capture the essence of the English language. No registration is required to access these resources.
  18.   Flocabulary – – Using hip hop as an inspiration to creating eye-catching lessons, each lesson showcases a video, a vocab card/game, read and response, quiz and a lyric lab. It engages students in a completely different way. Note: there are limitations to individual teachers accounts.
  19. Freedom to Read – Freedom of expression is a fundamental right of all Canadians, and freedom to read is part of that precious heritage. Words and images in their myriad configurations are the substance of free expression. Resources on censorship and free expression for students and educators are provided – as well as freedom of expression issues in the media.
  20. Great Minds It has a Kindergarten through Grade 12 curricula that defines and encourages content-rich, comprehensive education using the programs Eureka Math, Wit & Wisdom, Geodes and PhDScience.
  21.   IXL – – From phonics and reading comprehension to writing strategies and more, IXL helps learners develop the communication skills needed for success. Using insights from the Real-Time Diagnostic, IXL creates a personalized action plan for each student. Track individual students’ growth toward milestones, whether they’re working ahead or part of an intervention program. 
  22.   K12 Reader – – Similar to the K5 website, there are resources available from grades K-12 in the areas of reading and writing. Note: you will have to turn off your ad blocker in order to use this site.
  23. Khan Academy (Storytelling) – Disney’s Imagineering in a Box allows you to explore different aspects of theme park design, from characters to ride development. Get ready to bring your own magic as you design a theme park of your very own!
  24. Learn English Teens – Brought to you by the British Council, the world’s English teaching experts. It can help improve your English with reading, writing and listening practice, tips for exams, grammar and vocabulary exercises, games and videos. You can also interact with other teenagers from all around the world.
  25. LightSail – Access to the books students want to read and teachers want to teach. Engagement through personalized libraries and adaptive assessments. Motivation with real-time data that fosters a growth mindset.
  26.  Literacy Shed – – The aim is to provide teachers with high quality films and animations that can be used in the elementary classroom to enhance the teaching of reading and writing. All of the films on the site should be suitable for elementary students (although some films may not be suitable for younger children).  You are urged to watch any films before showing them to your class. 
  27. Literacy Shed + – – Fully resourced unit plans based on Literacy Shed films, non-fiction reading resources and more, Novel study guides for teachers and student task booklets are also available.
  28. Litpick – This website helps teachers and librarians promote reading and writing through book clubs, reading groups, and individualized, personal feedback on written book reviews.
  29. Media Smarts – The K-12 resources cover a wide-range of issues in “traditional” media and address the unique issues arising for digital media.  They are easily integrated into existing curriculum as they are aligned with classroom outcomes. The majority of educational resources are freely available on the website and include classroom lesson plans, with work sheets, backgrounders, tip sheets and essays, and multimedia games and quizzes.
  30. My ON (Renaissance) – When a student finds that “just-right” read, magic happens and a love of reading is born. Give students more opportunities to discover their next great read with a vast collection of fiction, nonfiction, and news. Rich metrics provide teachers the insights to transform that magic into amazing growth.
  31. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) – – Offers journals, publications, and resources. Shares lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.
  32. National Center on Improving Literacy – A partnership among literacy experts, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education. Their Mission is to increase access to, and use of, evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.
  33.   Nawmal for Educators  – – An animation and text-to-speech program that can add life to lessons with animated characters where you can quickly create lesson content. It supports language learning and has multiple languages. Students can use this as well to make their presentations more interesting.
  34.   NFB / ONF (Education) – – The National Film Board website has plenty of fictional and documentary-style films that could be another way to view literacy. There are some mini-lessons and activity ideas available to accompany some of the films.
  35. (Library of Congress) – The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await everyone whenever they read. View events and programs available digitally nationwide from Center for the Book state affiliates. Listen to members of Congress reading from their favorite books for young people in “Read Around the States.” There is a lot to discover on this website.
  36.  Reading A-Z – – Already being used in nearly half of the school districts in the U.S. and Canada and 155+ countries worldwide, Reading A-Z’s affordable, easy-to-use teacher resources fill the teaching gaps left by many reading education programs. There are reading lessons, decodable books, reader’s theatre scripts, worksheets and assessments. Leveled readers span across 29 levels of difficulty and there is access to phonological awareness activities as well as vocabulary books, word sorts and graphic organizers.
  37. Reading Horizons a framework for teaching the basic building blocks of the English language from the simplest concept to the more complex with explicit, systematic instruction. A great way to work with students grade 4+ who need intervention or ELL students who are new to the language.
  38.   Reading is Fundational (Literacy Central) – – This award-winning digital library hosts over 10,000 resources directly tied to the books teachers, caregivers and community partners turn to everyday. Organize all of the book resources in one place, create and share book lists, find helpful reading tips and strategies and track student reading progress.
  39. Reading Vine – Search for passages and related questions based on a huge variety of different criteria that beyond grade level alone. Customize lessons by creating own reading sets. Save, download and/or print passages and worksheets. It was developed to not only promote learning, but the love of reading.
  40. Read Naturally – The research-based reading interventions have helped millions of students become fluent readers and make solid gains in comprehension and vocabulary. Check out the transformative products — available for fluency, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, phonemic awareness, and assessment.
  41.   ReadWriteThink – – Provides access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.
  42.   Scholastic – – Popular website that highlights literacy with an educators area. There are ideas, activities, reading lists and literacy items to purchase. Educators also have a lot of literacy articles that can be found here as well. Some areas requiring payment.
  43. Smekens Education team of experts at Smekens Education created Literacy eLessons for grades K-12. This library of ready-to-share reading and writing lessons is being built to support remote teaching — and it’s totally free. Whether you’re an educator or parent, you’ve got enough on your plate. Let them help lighten your load with Literacy eLessons.
  44.   Smithsonian Teacher (TeenTribune) – – Teachers can set up a classroom, add students, and assign non-fiction news articles. There is an ability to track students’ quiz results and moderate / approve their comments. The teacher section of the site features lesson plans and other materials that teachers can use to support students’ learning.
  45.   SoftSchools –  and – A multicurricular website for educators with games, activities and worksheets for Kindergarten to Secondary School. Note: There are pop-up ads that you have to put up with so that it will continue to be free.
  46. SparkTeach (SparkNotes for Teachers) – Teaching guides and lesson plans designed to help make classic literature engaging and relevant to today’s students.
  47. StoryBoard That – Unlock creativity through digital storytelling! Students will be engaged and excited to create plot diagrams, timelines, posters, and more. These teacher-created lesson plans and resources contain examples and templates that can be tailored for students to use for assignments and projects. With a wide selection of scenes, layouts, and versatile characters, the Storyboard Creator makes it easy for students to express their understanding.
  48. StudySync (ELA) – A complete ELA curriculum designed to meet the rigorous academic needs of today’s classroom. In print or online, it is designed to engage every student, because every student deserves the same opportunity and access in the classroom, regardless of his or her native language, learning level or physical, social and emotional ability. For students in grades 6-12.
  49. Teachers and Writers Collaborative –  Programs include writing workshops for youth, creative aging art workshops for seniors, training for teachers, the New York State Poetry Out Loud high school recitation competition, and publishing Teachers & Writers Magazine and books on teaching creative writing.
  50.  Teachervision – and – Although the two links are specifically listing hundreds of worksheets in reading and writing, there are a lot more resources available on this website. Whether you need a lesson plan , classroom management tips or a workbook, you will find thousands of resources curated for teachers by teachers.
  51. Teaching Books – Identify exceptional books that reflect diverse cultural experiences, interests, and ability levels. Obtain resources paired with your book titles that further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance. It is for anyone who reads, teaches, or enjoys books for children and teens. There is a lot of information available but the lessons and resources will require a membership.
  52. Teaching English (BBC) – Here you can find a wide range of practical resources to use in your secondary classroom. There are full lesson plans to choose from, covering different topics and themes for students over age 12.
  53. Teach-It English – All Teachit resources are created, edited and checked by teachers – so you know you can trust them. Inspire a love of literature and the English language with the resources, worksheets and games that are tried and tested in the classroom. Find resources for every key stage and for a range of abilities. Register for free and, as a limited access member, there is access to 25,955 pages of free teaching resources in PDF format (but all other file types are for paid subscribers only).
  54. Texthelp – – Easy to use support tools giving students extra help with reading and writing. Accessible on a wide range of devices to equip students with the tools they need to succeed on their academic journey. Use extensions like Read & Write, WriQ and Fluencytutor. The basic option is free but more than that requires payment.
  55. The Balanced Literacy Diet – Like great cooks, teachers create nourishing and enticing literacy lessons by drawing on their knowledge of the ingredients, their knowledge of the development of reading and writing skills (that is, which processes are most needed at which stage of development), and their creativity/ imagination. It is very informative on how to create a classroom with balanced literacy.
  56. Thoughtful Learning – Each writing unit leads students step by step through the process of creating a specific form, with models, examples, activities, assignments, audio, and more. Each student writing handbook has a free online teacher’s guide that can be accessed. Grammar units use videos, instruction, examples, and downloadable activities to teach standards-based language skills.
  57. Turnitin – Ensure original work from students and address even the most sophisticated potential misconduct. Give instructors tools that streamline manual grading processes, so they can spend more time teaching. Help develop students’ original thinking skills with high-quality, actionable feedback that fits easily into teachers’ existing workflows.
  58. Twinkl English Worksheets and Resources – There is a full collection of worksheets and resources for reading, writing, speaking/listening, key concepts, curriculum maps and assessments. There are some free resources available but most require a subscription.
  59.  Using – – This website is especially useful for struggling students and those with a native language that is not English. There are hundreds of reading activities—including vocabulary quizzes, reading comprehension activities and grammar lessons—to help students master the English language.
  60. WideOpenSchool – Discover audiobooks, writing prompts, and language games for practicing reading comprehension, creative writing, and so much more.
  61. WordFlyers – A critical literacy program designed to reinforce, strengthen and build literacy skills, as well as develop students’ confidence to use them. Available in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and Caribbean only; for ages 12 – 16.
  62. Worksheet Genius – Acrostics, anagrams, codebreakers, flashcards, handwriting, mixed up sentences and paragraphs, simple sentence writing and spelling practice generators can all be found here.
  63.  WorksheetsPlus – – A good place to visit if last-minute worksheets are needed in a flash.