ELA: Content Area Learning Resources

ELA: Content Area Learning Resources

The Path to the Catcher in the Rye infographic - PBS LearningMedia

WXXI Education has pulled together English-Language Arts learning resources for students in grades 6-12th grade. 

WXXI Education has curated a list of useful English-Language Arts learning resources (lesson plans, content collections, partner sites, interactives, and printables) for students and educators in grades 6-12. These resources help support students learning at home in multiple ways:

  1. Aligned to WXXI's Learn At Home broadcast and connect to content being aired
  2. Can be used/assigned as stand-alone learning pieces, separate from the broadcast
  3. Can be shared with parents and caregivers as another safe space for students to learn
  4. Aligned to state and national learning standards so they meet the needs of learners across the country

PBS LearningMedia: English-Language Arts Subject Area - Browse standards-aligned ELA resources for students in all grades.

All of the above topic areas are available as PBS LearningMedia ELA One-Sheets to share with students and educators. One-sheets include a clickable link and QR code for easy access. 

Favorite ELA Collections

There are tons of ELA resources available through PBS LearningMedia, here are WXXI Education's top ELA collections:

1. Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays - Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, Measure for MeasureA Midsummer Night’s DreamKing Lear, Romeo and Juliet, OthelloMacbeth, the comedies Twelfth Night and As You Like ItRichard IIHenry IV and Henry VHamlet and The Tempest.

2. American Masters, public television’s award-winning biography series, brings unique originality and perspective to exploring the lives and illuminating the creative journeys of our most enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists and filmmakers – those who have left an indelible impression on our nation’s cultural landscape. 

3. Literary ElementsUse these animated shorts to introduce or review literary elements and techniques like theme, setting, figurative language, characterization, and conflict. Can be used when students are just learning how to identify the most commonly used elements in poetry and literature or when a student needs a quick refresher. 

4. POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues. POV's lesson plans offer rigorous entry-points to the study of critical social issues.

5. A World of StoriesStorytelling has been used as entertainment, cultural preservation, and a way to teach values. Stories are typically told orally and passed down from generation to generation. This collection contains stories from around the world.

Additional ELA Resources from Partner Organizations

Annenberg Learner Series - Educator ELA Resources