Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Alex Sanchez’s Great Books for Gay Teens. Sanchez is an author of novels for young adults featuring GLBTQ themes. This website lists teen novels, poetry anthologies, and nonfiction books with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters and themes written by other authors.

American Folklore Society. Resources for educators about oral storytelling and folklore tradition.

American Literature Short Stories. Provides full text for 20 classic short stories written specifically for young adults. A different story is highlighted each day.

American Shakespeare Center. Offers information about a summer program for young people interested in acting Shakespeare.

Ancient Greek Theatre. Presents Greek playwrights and provides general information for staging ancient theatre in a school environment.

AR BookFinder. Offers summaries of and interest levels and reading levels for thousands of books.

ArtsEdge. Provides theatre standards and lessons for educators.

Booktalks. Author Nancy Keane provides samples of book talks by students.

Brigham Young University Theatre Education. Provides theatre lessons based on grade level.

ClassBlogmeister. A free interactive journal site designed for educators. A teacher’s page can be kept private for use with a specific class or opened up to other classes or schools. Students are able to blog, share original writing, and post podcasts.

Classic Short Stories. This site encourages readers to read short stories. Full story texts available, as well as message boards.

Comic Book Project. Students may submit their work for publication by Dark Horse; educator training available.

Comic Life. Website with resources to assist those wishing to create their own comic. Includes resources for educators to integrate comics in classrooms.

Diamond Comics Bookshelf. Graphic novels categorized by age groups. Includes lesson plans, new releases, and articles.

Director in the Classroom. Resources for educators to incorporate filmmaking in the classroom. Includes listing of student film festivals by region.

DK Publishing. Offers a listing of their publications, which cover topics related to academic areas, history, science, literature, geography, art, religion, and areas of general interest.

Documentaries: Searching for Truth. Provides excellent background information on critically viewing and making documentaries.

Dramatic Publishing. Offers musicals, full-length and one-act plays, and high-quality theatrical books suitable for high-school theatre, children’s theatre, professional theatre, and community theatre.

Eduglogster. Resource for creating a visual, virtual, and interactive poster. Allows students to use text, images, video, and music..

Encyclopedia of World Biography. Presents biographical sketches as well as information regarding the significance of the individual.

FanFiction. An “archive and forum where fanfic writers and readers around the globe gather to share their passion.”

Historial Fiction Starring Girl (Middletown Township Public Library). Lists historical fiction starring girls..

How to Write A Movie Review for Aspiring Movie Critics. Offers simple guidelines for writing a five paragraph review.

Ink Think Tank. Database of nonfiction works that aligns books with grade levels, topics, and content area standards. Includes numerous links to nonfiction authors.

Journey Through Time. Ideas for projects related to English history.

Kabuki for Everyone. Includes an online theatre as well as information on kabuki sounds and make-up.

Library Booklists. Provides lists of literature for an adolescent audience arranged chronologically.

Logan Library Young Adult Booklists. Provides lists of literature for an adolescent audience categorized by genre.

Magical Words. Writing tips and publishing advice for aspiring novelists.

Make Beliefs Comix. Allows students to create their own comic strips.

Making a Video: Where to Start. Lorraine Grula’s site; includes specific information on equipment, video production, and the journalism skills necessary to create quality documentaries.

Media Education Foundation. Resources for teaching, viewing, and buying documentaries. Each title links to a videoclip of the documentary, a print summary, free teaching guides, and purchase information.

National Association for Multicultural Education. Provides resources to help teachers develop a culturally aware curriculum.

National Council of Teachers of English. Links to the “NCTE Guidelines for Dealing with Censorship of Nonprint and Multimedia Materials.”

National Storytelling Network. Resources for educators about oral storytelling and folklore tradition.

New York Times Film Review Archives. Allows access to reviews of previously published film reviews, from the 1990s on; films are listed alphabetically.

Newpages: Young Authors Guide. Lists numerous magazines and links to nonfiction writing contests.

No Flying No Tights. Reviews of graphic novels for teens. Titles are grouped by genre and common graphic topics and include complete synopses.

Pegasus Players. The site of Chicago’s young playwrights festival, offering information and resources.

Pioneer Drama Service. Provides extensive list of plays available online. Also offers 10-minute plays for teens.

Playscripts, Inc. Features comprehensive cross-indexed catalog of plays, with most scripts accessible online. Also offers production history and reviews.

Poet’s House. Site for a national poetry library and literary center founded by former poet laureate Stanley Kuntz; provides information about their programs such as Poetry at Large events and Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Poetry 180. Project designed to expose young adult readers to one poem on each of the 180 days of the typical school year.

Rainbow Book List. Hosted by the Rainbow Project, including an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, recommended for people from birth through 18 years of age.

Readability formulas. Information on readability formulas and directions for using several well known formulas.

ReadWriteThink. Sponsored by the NCTE and the IRA; provides a detailed plan for involving high school students in process drama and a variety of other lesson plans for drama in the classroom.

ReadWriteThink(Book Covers). Provides a template for creating book covers, including how-to videos.

Scholastic Book Wizard. Provides summaries of and interest and reading levels for thousands of books. Includes book talks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.

Scholastic Booktalks. Provides models of video book talks done by professionals for use in classrooms.

Student Horror Film Festival. Gives information about a contest open to high school and college students.

Survey Monkey. A free online survey program providing polls, blogs, and comment boxes to for teachers to use in classrooms.

TeachingBooks. Resources for K–12 educators. Provides online instructional materials, video and audio interviews, and lesson plans.

Teenreads. Book reviews, writing contests, author interviews, and synopses of teen fiction.

Uchronia. Provides a “bibliography of over 3100 novels, stories, essays and other printed material involving the ‘what ifs’ of history,” or works referred to as “alternate history.”

Women at War. Developed as part of the Veterans History Project; links to numerous audio and video interviews of female veterans of four wars.

Young Adult Library Services Association. Provides resources for educators including booklists, handouts, and titles for reluctant young adult readers.

Young Adult Romance Writers. Features reviews of romance novels written for young adults, along with links to author websites.