Open Content for English Language Arts (#OER)
14 open content resources for English Language Art are reviewed here, including curricula, professional development resources, ebooks and videos. One of them is for special need learners.
Developed by Odell Education (OE) and funded by the USNY Regents Research Fund, the Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum is an integrated set of English Language Arts/Literacy units spanning grades 6-12. , the free curriculum is comprised of a series of four 3-4 week units at each grade level that provide direct instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the Common Core State Standards. Each unit highlights a core literacy proficiency and provides approaches, instructional sequences, handouts, tools and texts for developing independent mastery and creative critical thinking in students.
EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI). Curriculum materials for ELA subjects are structured into 4 levels of hierarchy. You can navigate by grade, then by various modules within the grade. Each module is divided into units, and each unit is further divided into lessons.
Founded by three of the contributing authors of the Common Core State Standards, Student Achievement Partners works closely with teachers on all the tools it develops, and makes all resources available at no cost to educators at the website: achievethecore.org.
How is teaching literacy different under the Common Core? From the site:
- Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
- Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational
- Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
OpenEd is an effort to collect free educational videos aligned to Common Core State Standards for all teachers and students with internet connection and computers.
OpenEd helps you find the best videos and other content for your students and your class. Search for lectures based on grade, subject, tags or educational standards. It’s also a great way to learn the Common Core standards, showing them broken down by standard group, grade group, and category. You can also search the standard you need by keyword. Once you have picked a standard we show you recommended videos for each standard. No other service or catalog comes close to providing content for all standards.
The English Language Arts area of study is designed to build a strong foundation in all areas of English language arts and to prepare students to meet the standards for a 21st century, literate individual. The English Language Arts curriculum includes the areas of reading (both informational texts and literature), writing, speaking and listening, and language. The courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and designed to cover the equivalent of a year-long, traditional school curriculum. (currently, ELA curricula for grade 8, 10, 11 are available)
The place let you download over 33,000 free eBooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. Over 100,000 free eBooks are available through their Partners, Affiliates and Resources. Project Gutenberg isn’t limited just to primary and “classic” texts, it also includes periodicals and textbooks covering a range of subjects–astronomy, mathematics, visual arts, music–as well as encyclopedias, atlases, biographies, music collections (notation and MIDI files), and histories, among others. It also has a large collection of audio books. Copyright for most of these books has expired in the United States. (They may still be copyrighted in other countries.) So anybody may make verbatim or non-verbatim copies of those works. (Project Gutenberg Adds Dropbox Support, Perfect for Syncing to All Your Devices)
It has built an online publishing for contemporary authors. This new service is bringing the Project Gutenberg moniker to authors in virtually any genre or subject. The portal is open at self.gutenberg.org and invites all readers and publishers. All items are free to download and share.
Many of the eTexts are from the November, 2003 Project Gutenberg DVD, which contains the entire Project Gutenberg archives except for the Human Genome Project and audio eBooks, due to size limitations, and the Project Gutenberg of Australia eBooks, due to copyright. As of July 2004 most current PG texts are available here, usually within the week of release. There are also public domain and Creative Commons works from many other sources. Read on your iPhone, Kindle, or any other eReading device. There are 21,282 eBooks available here.
This site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world. Over the last decade, a company called “Octavo” digitally photographed some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page). This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.
Internet Archive Offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. To browse for topics such as Afghanistan history, go to red bar containing words Browse text by keywords and enter in the key words. The Open Library is a part of the Internet Archive. It is a collection of more than one million free eBook titles. The collection is cataloged by a community of volunteer online librarians. The eBooks in the Open Library can be read online, downloaded to your computer, read on Kindle and other eReader devices, and embedded into other sites. Read more : Open Library – One Web Page for Every Book Ever Published.
The non-profit Bookshare provides free electronic copies of books that are adapted into formats that meet the needs of students with visual impairments or certain learning disabilities. The text of the books can be read aloud by computers, magnified or spaced differently, allowing the books to be read by those who struggle with print textbooks. The service is funded by the federal government and free to students.
Notice for the copyright :
An exception in the U.S. copyright law, known as the Chafee Amendment (17 U.S.C. § 121), makes Bookshare® possible under the law in the United States, as long as the copyrighted digital books are only available to people with bona fide disabilities.
The Bookshare site does not provide access to copyrighted works for the general public. (read more)
Feedbooks (mobile friendly)
It distributes eBooks to smartphones and eReaders, you can find thousands of public domain books in there. Feedbooks distributes over 3,000,000 books every month to smartphones, tablets and eReaders. The open catalog format OPDS allows a wide network of publishers, booksellers, libraries and even authors to make their catalogs of books available directly to readers through their laptops, phones, netbooks or dedicated reading devices.
All books published on the Classic Reader website are out-of-copyright, meaning their copyright protection has expired. This means you won’t find the latest Stephen King, Tom Clancy, etc. You will find classic literary works from the start of the 20th century and previous centuries, from authors like Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare and more. The content is web-based, there is a mobile site version.
There are 80+ classic literature books in public domain free to download, using the previews you can get an overview of a title before downloading the entire eBooks. The book format is pdf file.
There are open licensed eBooks for early reading and upper elementary to middle school students covering Language Art and other subjects.