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Designed for parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers, AdLit.org offers articles that provide research-based and best-practice information about adolescent literacy, content area literacy instruction, reading comprehension, motivation, and intervention. Classroom strategies for before, during, and after comprehension instruction and an extensive glossary are provided. There are some videos of authors and of teachers focusing on a skill such as creating ?juicy? vs. ?dry? questions before reading. Videos require Flash.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Link

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

Bookwink is for kids in grades 3-8 that provides podcasts and web videos, to connect them to books. Videos are 3 minute booktalks, updated monthly, on topics like popularity, parallel universes, sharks, and World War II. Browsing the site under subject area will provide additional read-alikes. You can look for books by subject, grade level, author or title. Videos require QuickTime.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Link

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

This project from various libraries and museums in North Carolina brings together local history materials, historical fiction related to these localities, and zoomable museum artifacts, photographs, maps, and streaming video. Each entry provides an abstract of the story, short biography of the author, images of actual pages and the text upon them. If you want to search the text, choose the BookViewer version. Whether you browse by title or author, each entry will note if there is a classroom resource available. Resources for teachers include lesson plans for K-12 and can be browsed by subject area (visual arts, English, information skills) and theme (writing skills, problem solving skills, fiction).

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Link

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

In Character is a series from National Public Radio featuring American characters in film, books, and popular culture. Book characters include Harriet the Spy, Hester Prynne, Elmer Gantry, Willy Loman, and Jim from Huck Finn. You can hear audio clips online or download podcasts of prior shows. You can submit your own suggestion for a character name and a short essay on why you think that person is important or compelling.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Link

Subject: Reading & Language Arts

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