The Internet is an excellent place for English teachers to find resources for the classroom. There are sites to help teach writing, literature, grammar, vocabulary, and much more. Here are 20 free Internet resources for English teachers to check out before the beginning of the new school year.
Web English Teacher - Web English Teacher is a great online resource for English teachers. Site features include free grammar, literature, and writing resources.
ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink offers high quality, standards-based lessons for reading and language arts teachers. Lessons are available for grades K-12.
Scholastic Teachers - Scholastic provides many different teaching resources for K-12 educators, including lesson plans, classroom activities, printables, recommended reading, and a community forum.
Reading Rockets - Reading Rockets has a special section just for teachers. The section includes tips on engaging students, reading aloud, and setting up a classroom library. Reading Rocket also offers free teaching resources, themed booklists, and educational videos.
LitPlans - This comprehensive site offers more than 30,000 literature lesson plans for grades 6-12. Lesson plans are sorted by author and are very easy to find using the LitPlans directory.
OneStopEnglish - OneStopEnglish is a teacher's resource from Macmillan Education Group. The site offers free lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards, and other materials for teaching English.
WritingFix - Designed specifically for writing classrooms, WritingFix provides writing tips, lessons, and prompts for student writers.
The Writing Teacher - This blog provides tips, techniques, aids, and advice for teaching writing.
Project Gutenberg - This site offers more than 30,000 books that can be read for free online. Project Gutenberg also provides free audio books that can be played in the classroom.
Shmoop - Shmoop was created to make literature and poetry more fun for students. The site offers many different resources for educators, including easy-to-read study guides and a book club.
SparkNotes - Originally created by Harvard students, SparkNotes help students learn and retain basic skills. These study aids are perfect for English teachers who want to provide students with a better understanding of literature, poetry, history, and other interdisciplinary topics.
Random House for High School Teachers - Random House provides this free site for high school English teachers. The site features recommended reading for a wide range of subject areas.
WordAhead - Teachers can use the free daily videos offered through this site to improve their students' vocabulary.
VerbaLearn - VerbaLearn is an excellent place for students to practice and learn English vocabulary. The site offers a free and fully customizable learning experience that can be adapted to work with any learning style.
VisuWords - This online graphical tool is part dictionary, part thesaurus. It looks up words, defines them, and then finds others words that are somehow associated with the defined word.
Grammar Girl - Grammar Girl is a popular grammar podcast that's perfect for play in a middle school or high school classroom. Each (short) episode provides memory tricks to help writers recall grammar rules.
The OWL - This Purdue University site provides writing help and free resources for teachers. Resources include instructional materials, style guides, and answers to writing related questions.
Edmodo - Edmodo is one of the best microblogging platforms on the web for students and teachers. It is easy to use and was built with student privacy in mind.
English Teacher John Show - This popular English learning podcast provides grammar and pronunciation lessons and tips.
ePals - ePals is a free web-based service that safely connects students and classrooms from around the world. Students can send and read messages and collaborate on class projects.