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Resources for Middle School Teachers

Young Adult Authors Young Adult Literature
Book Discussion Guides Lesson Plans (PRACTICE TESTS)

Ocean County Library’s BEST RESOURCE for middle school literature is our expert young adult librarian staff. If you need a special genre booklist or a recommendation for an appropriate title, you can email your request to Ocean County Library’s “Ask a Librarian“ link.

Check our library catalog under these subject headings for resources on young adult literature; Teenagers--Books and Reading; Young Adult Literature--Bibliography; Multiculturalism--Bibliography; Minorities--Bibliography; Best Books--Fiction. Resources on children’s literature sometimes include books for 7th & 8th grade, so also try Children--Books and reading; Children--Bibliography.


Young Adult Authors Yahoo!
Do you need information about an author? Or would you like your students to learn about an author from the author’s own website? This link on Yahoo! provides a comprehensive listing of young adult authors. Over 150 authors are listed here - some with multiple websites. If you are looking for a children’s author check the Children's Authors Yahoo! with over 1,000 authors!


Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site is a goldmine for teachers! Carol Otis Hurst is a nationally known storyteller, lecturer, author and language arts consultant. She has had a column in Teaching K-8 magazine since 1973. Teachers can explore ways to integrate literature into the classroom.

Database of Award Winning Children's Literature
This site will allow the user to create a tailored reading list of quality literature. You can specify the age of the reader, the setting, the historical period, the genre and so on. Voila! You have a list of books that meet your criteria. Or you can search just for award winning books. This is a great resource for teachers and students - especially for selecting book report titles.

The Children's Literature Web Guide
This website's author is David K. Brown, the Director of the Doucette Teaching Resource Library at the University of Calgary in Canada. This site brings together the best teaching resources on the web and children's/young adult literature. The Doucette Index can connect you to the best books and websites for an author or book title of your choice. The Teacher Resources provides dozens of links for lesson plans or teacher resource guides.

Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's Literature Resources
Cynthia Leitich Smith is a children’s book author herself. Much more than lists of books, this site offers unique features for teachers and students. Sign up for the quarterly online newsletter. Read author interviews. This site is very rich in articles and resources for multicultural literature. It also provides links to publisher, author and illustrator guidelines.


Multnomah County Library “Talk It Up!” Book Discussion Guides
The Multnomah County Library in Oregon brings together book discussion guides created by their librarians, many publishers and other book discussion websites. More than just a great selection of discussion guides, many titles have links to related websites. Everything from old classics like Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor to the latest Newbery winner A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, this site has it all when it comes to book discussion information.


Your students can take practice tests online!
The tests include, 5th Grade Practice, 8th grade Practice, ACT, Adult Basic Skills Success, Catholic HS, GED, GMAT, SAT, Skills Improvement, ESL (Spanish) Courses and much more.

NCTE - National Council of Teachers of English
The NCTE site, in addition to being about this professional organization for teachers, also contains great resources for teachers on literature. Count on these, as they are "teacher approved":

The American Writing Gateway
Provides links to websites rich with information about the major writers of American Literature.

Beyond the Core will help teachers broaden their core curriculum to include other interesting literature. Teaching ideas selected from NCTE publications or submitted by teachers are found on the Teaching Ideas.

The ALAN Review
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents - is published by NCTE, is available online, and includes a search feature so you can research specific titles or authors.

Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators
One of the premier websites for educators, this is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. If you want to focus on one website and learn it well - THIS is the one to choose. Kathy has been a pioneer in technology education in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books on this topic and her site has won numerous awards that are listed on the site. She was inducted into the Internet Librarian Hall of Fame for the Year 2001.

Reading Online
(ROL) is a peer-reviewed journal of the International Reading Association. Since May 1997 it has become a leading online source of information for the worldwide literacy-education community. The journal focuses on literacy practice and research in K-12 classrooms (students aged 5 to 18). “Literacy” is broadly defined to include traditional print literacy, as well as visual literacy, critical literacy, media literacy, digital literacy, and so on. A special mission of the journal is to support professionals as they integrate technology in the classroom, preparing students for a future in which literacy’s meaning will continue to evolve and expand. To accomplish this, ROL invites readers to enter the journal, to read its text, watch its video, view its graphics, and listen to its audio -- and to shape its contents.

The Gateway to Educational Materials
"GEM" is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is a special project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. Teachers, parents, and administrators can search or browse The Gateway and find thousands of high quality educational materials, including lesson plans, activities, and projects from over 200 GEM Consortium member sites. Over 21, 000 educational resources are linked here.

Scholastic Publishing - Teacher Resource Links
Scholastic is one of the best sites to demonstrate what publishing sites offer. Scholastic is a popular publisher for children's & YA books. Use this site if you know that Scholastic publishes the book you are seeking, or you can just browse.



Researched and compiled by J. Macaluso
Edited by C. Matteo


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