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Professional Networking for English Teachers

English Companion Ning

Where English teachers go to help each other


The Abraham Lincoln Award: Illinois' Grades 9-12 Readers' Choice Award

See the 22 books nominated for this year's readers' choice award as well as the winning books from past years.

YALSA's Book Awards & Booklists

Book lists of all kinds recommended by the American Library Association


The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

This site includes many helpful tools both for students and teachers.

In Common: Effective Writing for All Students

Hundreds of samples of Common Core-aligned student work from K-12 classrooms around the country.

Six-Word Memoir

Six Words from SMITH Magazine allows students to share their six words. Writing in Six Words is a simple, creative way to get to the essence of anything- from the breaking news of the day to your own life and the way you live it.

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing

From the National Writing Project


Poetry Everywhere

Short poetry films read by Americans including celebrities or the poets themselves

Poetry 180

A poem a day for American high schools

Favorite Poem Project

Americans' favorite poems both in written form and a video recording.