Language Arts & Literacy Curriculum Resources


Local Organizations

  • 826 Valencia. The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center works with students from partner nonprofits on fun literacy & writing projects, from poetry to podcasts to comic-book writing.

  • Children’s Book Project. Donates books to families, schools and organizations that work with kids.

  • Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Bring the enormous appeal of the ocean to your class to teach science, art and language arts. Sanctuary education programs offer science field trips, classroom programs, exhibit discovery experiences, student field monitoring opportunities, teacher workshops and resources.

  • KQED Education. Free media literacy teaching & learning hub for educators and students. Professional development courses, classroom resources and unique tools that allow students to practice critical thinking, media making and civil discourse.

  • Reading Partners. Tips and resources for parents that are also great for educators.

  • SF Public Library’s Summer Stride Program. Summer Stride is the Library’s annual summer learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. Pick up a tracker at any library branch or the Main Library to record your reading, listening, and learning time between June 1 and August 18, 2019 and work your way to a coveted finishing prize! Time spent at the Library counts towards your goal, so be sure to pick up a Stride Guide, which lists the Library's 1,000+ free summer events, activities, and programs.

  • SFUSD Summer Reading List. The fantastic librarians at SFUSD and the SF Public Library compiled this excellent list of books for Pre-K to high school students.


  • 826 Digital. Inventive resources to ignite a love of writing.

  • Audiojack. An Audiojack is an audio-based movie with no words, no music, and no video. Hundreds of sounds are layered together to create a story, much like a radio show. Listen, create, and take back your imagination.

  • BookAdventure. Online interactive reading assessment, management and rewards program. 

  • Children’s Literacy Initiative. Instructional literacy practices for teachers and educators. Provides a dashboard and plan for classroom literacy activities.

  • Edutopia - Literacy. Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.

  • ePals. Pen Pals still exist! Find one here.

  • IXL Language Arts. IXL makes the world of words come alive with fun visuals and interactive questions. Build great writers through playful skills that pique learners' curiosity about language!

  • PBS LearningMedia. KQED and PBS-curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for California teachers.

  • Peace Corps Educators. The third goal of the Peace Corps is to teach Americans about the world by providing educational resources to promote global competence. Includes activities, lesson places, a list of the Peace Corps’ partners, and more.

  • Rainforest Alliance. Games, activities, articles for kids, and more. Have fun while learning all about rainforests and the people and wildlife that call them home.

  • Reading is Fundamental’s Literacy Central. Create and share book lists, find helpful reading tips and strategies and track student reading progress.

  • Reading Rockets. Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

  • Starfall. Online literacy games for Pre-K to 3rd grade.

  • Teaching Tolerance. From film kits and lesson plans to the building blocks of a customized Learning Plan—texts, student tasks and teaching strategies—resources that will help you bring relevance, rigor and social emotional learning into your classroom for free.

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