Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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American Passages Archive

Access more than 3000 items including visual art, audio files, primary source materials and additional texts supporting and enriching the understanding of American Literature.

American Passages Slideshow

Create multi-media presentations in response to writing assignments and close reading activities, by pairing audio and visual artifacts from a database of 3000 items.

Analyzing a Writing Mini-Lesson

Observe a veteran teacher and her fourth-graders in a mini-lesson on adding detail to narrative writing. Consider the purpose and effectiveness of each part of the lesson and compare your observations with those of another teacher.

Annotating Text

In this activity, annotate an excerpt from Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave and then provide a written response about the passage.

Apply Guidelines to Classrooms

Read descriptions of two different classrooms. Identify which of the guidelines for creating a positive writing environment are best represented in each example and compare your answers to samples answers provided.


Determine your standards (logic, creativity, structure, etc.) when assessing student writing. Evaluate three essays using an analytic or holistic rubric and see how your standards compare with your peers.

Artifacts & Fiction Pair Finder

Pair artifacts with appropriate literary texts, and find tips for using them together in the classroom by selecting movements and disciplines with this handy tool.

Assess a Peer Conference

Watch a video of two student peer conferences and compare your evaluation of those conferences to another teacher's.

Assessing Comprehension

Read a fable and listen as two students retell the story in their own words. Assess their comprehension using the Retelling Guide provided.

Assessing Student Letters

Assess two drafts of students’ letters using criteria presented as a four-point-scale rubric.

Build a Rubric

Rubrics provide students with clear expectations and consistent feedback. Build a customizable rubric that can be used for any writing activity your class might be completing.


Learn about the different types of characters in Cinderella, and determine which traits belong to the hero and villain.


Learn about climax and identify the event that signals the climax in the story Cinderella.

Close Reading

In this activity, read a short text several times with a different purpose for each reading, making annotations that reflect important ideas, questions, confusions, key vocabulary, and overall understandings.


Learn about a story's conflict, and then identify the character who is describing the conflict of "Cinderella."

Design a Schedule

Map out a week-long schedule with time allotments so that you have at least 90 minutes of reading and writing each day.

Determine Conferencing Practices

Organize and navigate a challenging parent-teacher conference. Decide which factors contribute to a successful conference, and which factors influence a difficult one.

Differentiate Instruction in a Class

Group children with varying literacy abilities and choose the best instruction to address their literacy needs.

Elements of a Story

Explore different ingredients, or elements, that go into stories and make them so much fun. Read the story, "Cinderella," and look at all the different pieces of the tale to see how they all fit together.

Elements of a Story Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge about setting, characters, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax and resolution. Take this 14-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

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