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.
To support instruction, WXXI Education has pulled together a list of educational resources available through PBS LearningMedia:
PBS LearningMedia: English-Language Arts Subject Area – Browse standards-aligned ELA resources for students in all grades.
- Informational Texts
- ELA Writing
- Speaking and Listening
- Reading in History and Social Studies
- Reading in Science & Technical Subjects
- History and Social Studies, Science, and Technical Writing
- Reading Foundational Skills
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 Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, the comedies Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, Hamlet 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 Elements: Use 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 Stories: Storytelling 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