Free lesson plans and materials provided by the International Reading Association. You can search for materials by keyword, grade level, and resource type. They also provide a variety of materials on reading-related professional development.
Popular in American Classrooms. More than 1000 leveled books (27 levels), multiple genres, comes with worksheets, flashcards, supplemental materials. $100/classroom, but provides a sample of free materials.
A reading portal that includes articles on reading strategies, reading level tests, links to free books, level based readings with pre-reading vocabulary and post-reading quizzes.
From a U.S. public television station, resources about teaching reading., author Interviews, and themed booklists.
Excellent resource for younger students learning to read, but most content is too childish for middle schoolers.
Sources of Reading Materials – Assorted Literature
Thousands of of classics online – some free, some not. Site also includes reading groups, discussions, and reviews.
Mostly old classics, but some books by H.G. Wells, Henry O. and Jonathon Swift might be age-appropriate. Some books also include quizzes and discussions.
40,000+ plus short stories, novels, and essays written and published by users. Other users can comment on stories (which usually includes very authentic teenage language)
Dozens of stories for use as ‘Mad Libs’. Good part of speech practice.
Reading Materials – Storybooks and Read Aloud
1000’s of children’s books from around the world , sortable by age level and book type.
Videos of famous people reading storybooks. Includes printable handouts with activities, but not the original text of the books.
Allows users to make their own visual stories using contributed illustrations. Thousands of user generated stories to read and discuss.
Illustrated books sorted by level (young children, older children, young adults)
Hundreds of easy-to-read user-generated books illustrated by using Flickr photos.
Thousands of copyright-free children’s books in a variety of formats (e.g.pdf, mobi, html).
Links to many sources of free children’s books and reading material
A collection of 365 short stories for language learners. Each story include a slowly read audio and there are also quiz and dictation activities for each story. .
An assortment of stories, poems, and tongue twisters – some with audio recordings.
A few dozen American folk tales retold within several basic easy-reading paragraphs.
Book Reviews, Recommendations, and Discussions
Affiliated sites that provide book reviews, author interviews, and reading lists.
Reviews, recommendations, ‘best of’ lists, and discussions of recent books
Sources of Reading Materials – articles and news stories
Eight different sites (e.g. BreakingNewsEnglish.comfamouspeoplelessons.com, and lessonmovies.com) that have thousands of lessons on a variety of topics. Each is based on a short text and provides a variety of print-ready activities and sometimes audio recordings.
BBC news stories with activities and downloadable materials and audio
Daily subtitled video news with a transcript and teaching materials.
Hundreds of short readings (many from Voice of America) with audio recordings. Also includes a large collection of jokes.
Sources of high-interest authentic reading materials for adolescents
Time for Kids http://www.timeforkids.com/
Simplified articles from the magazine, Kid reporters, and lesson materials. Seventeen magazine http://www.seventeen.com/
Fashion, Beauty, and Celebrity articles aimed at teen girls
Fiction and non-fiction writings by teens for teens
Aimed at tween girls. Main magazine unavailable online, but blog posts and discussions are.
AImed at teen girls – full text of stories on style, health, advice, entertainments, and fun. Some content might be to ‘adult’ for middle school students
Originally a scouting oriented magazine. Includes video game reviews, jokes, and blogs.
Print-friendly materials on countries, animals, and science. The site also has a variety of videos, games, puzzles, and photo activities.
Produced by National Wildlife Federation. Many animal-related articles and some comic style stories. The site also includes games and print-ready handouts, posters, and activities.
Students from around the world meet to talk about issues, present their ideas, and respond to other children. This site also includes a chat forum with live message exchange.
Free comics sorted by type and age level
International comics translated into different languages (mostly English)
Large selection of comics for sale, but with a decent selection of free ones which change weekly. Some might not be appropriate for middle schoolers.
Short articles about Kpop in English
Kpop celebrity news and very active discussion forums
Includes Kpop news, event reports, and current event stories
Kpop lyrics romanized and translated into English, along with some Kpop news stories
English Subtitles (.srt files) for Korean movies and TV shows
English Language Bloggers in Korea
English Discussions about life in Korea
Transcripts, Subtitles, & Lyrics
Sites that contain lyrics for thousands of popular English songs
A-Z Lyrics http://www.azlyrics.com
Lyric Training (interactive with music videos http://www.lyricstraining.com/
Transcripts for English Movies & TV Shows
Sites where you can download .srt files (subtitles) for English movies & TV Shows
Dedicated to developing an Extensive Reading and Extensive Listening approach to foreign and second language learning. Lots of potential resources – many still ‘coming soon’.
A variety of resources and explanations of What, How, and Why of ER
Graded reader lists, Yearly awards, professional organization information
Bilingual site that fosters learning and academic excellence by working with members, institutions, and individuals to create a safe, fulfilling, and academically enriching environment for Extensive English reading education in Korea.
Book Report Forms
These can be useful for quickly checking the meaning and pronunciation of words online. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-dictionary-by-goog/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja?hl=en
Tremendous resource for reference, asking language questions, and printable handouts.
Tells how common a word is based on the British National Corpus.
Google Translate http://translate.google.com
Aside from translation, provides authentic usage examples from the web, pronunciation, and a saveable phrasebook.
Provides a graphic representation of how words are related and provides nuanced definitions.
100,000+ articles that use a more basic level of English. easier sentence structure, and more limited vocabulary
Assorted Sites and Tools not specifically related to reading
Mobile friendly, make-your-own flashcard site with thousands of existing sets. Automatically creates learning activities, games,and quizzes from the sets.
Speech-to-text animation. Users can choose a character design and either type what they want the character to say or record the audio.
Provides audio and video of people having authentic English conversations. Recordings include a transcript and activities for vocabulary development and comprehension.
On the street interviews with native English speakers. Each video comes with a transcript and learning activities.
Mobile Tools & Resources
Search Amazon’s kindle store for terms like ‘young adults’, ‘teen books’, ‘children’s literature’, or a specific title or genre. Then sort by ‘Price: Low to High’. You will need to set up an Amazon account, but once you have done so, you can download the Kindle file (.azw) to your computer. You can then use a program like Calibre
(http://calibre-ebook.com/) to view the book or convert it to a pdf or other mobile formats. You can also convert the tile to simple text, if you’d like to use that for presentation materials.
The free version comes 25 short stories that can be used to assess the students reading fluency and comprehension. Premium versions ($2~$4) includes 250+ stories.
Hundreds of comic strips viewable on a mobile device.
Level-based reading comprehension activities