Instructional Resources
 
Adlit.org offers teachers free resources for teaching adolescent literature, including suggestions on instructional strategies and sample graphic organizers.
 
The Avalon Project of Yale University contains an online library of primary resources documents from American and world history that can be used in the study of the use of the English Language and for enrichment in interdisciplinary instruction.  These documents meet requirements for rigor commensurate with the Common Core.
 
Castle Learning gives teachers the ability to create and assign online worksheets, quizzes, and tests from pre-existing banks of authentic State assessment and Regents examination questions or from databases of their own design.  Students complete their work online, where it is graded and the results are forwarded directly to the teacher.  Teachers also have the option of printing hard copies of assignments for those students who do not have direct online access to the site.
 
EngageNY provides videos that explain the six shifts in instruction that drive the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, as well as exemplars for Common Core Units.  Teachers may create accounts to receive electronic updates regarding Common Core standards and instruction.
 
NewsELA is an excellent source for differentiated informational texts on current events in such areas as the law, arts, health, science and money.  By inputting Lexile measures, teachers can generate multiple versions of the same article leveled to students Lexile ranges.