Yakitome: A Free Text-to-Speech Web Application!

Yakitome is a great way to have students take their typed text and have it read back to them. Shoot, I’ve been using it myself to help clean up my grammatical mistakes!

https://www.yakitome.com/

****** UPDATE ******

Yakitome can be a bit clunky sometimes. Text2speech is looking like it is a better option at this time!

http://www.text2speech.org/

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Newsela: Current Events with Lexile Differentiation!

Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: the daily news! The best part about Newsela is being able to adjust the Lexile level of the article to differentiate and scaffold for your readers’ needs while giving them access to the same content!

https://newsela.com/

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Shakespearean Insult Kit

The content found on the linked web pages is a really, really fun and engaging way to introduce students to Shakespeare. I think it’s important to start off a Shakespeare unit with something like this to ease a lot of the tension a lot of students are bound to feel when tackling something like Shakespeare that has a well-earned reputation for being difficult material.

http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/

http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/shake_rule.html

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The Visual Thesaurus

The visual thesaurus can be a great tool in helpingĀ students build their vocabulary and meet the following Common Core State Standard:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.4.C
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital.

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

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