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Weaving The Internet Through Your Elementary Literacy Curriculum
Enhancing and Extending Literature Lessons 
with Technology

Presented by Julie Coiro
Last updated May, 2004

This list of resources can be accessed online at


Use software tools that create opportunities for students to transfer their classroom work into an interactive, hyperlinked web page to publish and share information with others.
  • Animals in our backyard home page map created with Kid Pix Studio
  • Tons of classroom ideas created with Inspiration
  • Harriet Tubman slide show created with HyperStudio
  • Provide scaffolded support for students with diverse needs still learning how to master effective reading strategies.
  • CNN Learning Resources: current news stories accompanied by a range of multimedia interactive activities (video clip, sound clips, read text online) to build reading comprehension skills for older students
  • Export images from an Internet web page onto a PowerPoint slide show and use to provide access to age appropriate topics. The teacher or the student (depending on your goal) can add text at a lower reading level.
  •'s FREE speech-text reader reads Internet text to your students.
  • Provide support for ESL students with an Online Translator.  You can translate a word, phrase, sentence, paragraph or even an entire web page into one of six languages including English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese
  • Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web. The Internet's Top Site for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World
  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab... Interactive Conversational Quizzes woven with Real Audio sound clips
  • Access information about software and hardware for your student's literacy needs.
  • Don Johnston Software Write:Outloud 3.0 talking word processor
  • Are you using your high powered computers only as a word processor; or do you need access to more computers for your student's writing needs?  Look no further than the AlphaSmart 3000 keyboards for an easy solution.
  • You must visit Inspiration and Kidspiration to download demos of their electronic graphic organizers!
  • Visit web sites designed for teachers about using literature in your classroom.
  • Imaginary Lands is a new directory for young adult and children's literature
  • Literature Learning Ladders from Eduscapes has lots of great lessons!
  • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: discussion starters, extension ideas, research starters, activities, book lists, author highlights, free newsletter, articles for professional development, subject and thematic Book Lists
  • VanderGrift's Children's Literature Page: Offers information for enhancing literacy and tips for sharing literature with young people. Examines various genres in children's literature, including modern realistic fiction, fanciful fiction, regional and historical fiction, biography, informational materials, and poetry.
  • Reading Online:  link to international literacy experts, online communities, ideas for technology integration, great articles and discussions of new types of literacies
  • Education Place's Reading and Language Arts Center: lessons and projects galore
  • Education World's Language and Literature Center: matrix of teacher tools and thematic lesson plans
  • Making Cultural Connections Through Tradebooks: Access this database that links together trade books, software and Internet resources for classroom instruction
  • Clearinghouse for books written in non-English language
  • Author Study: Helping teachers create an Internet project that integrates children's literature
  • Teachers.Net Chatrooms and Discussion Forums: Chat online with authors/illustrators or share discussion comments with other teachers
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