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Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Reading and Writing in Science and History

Inspiring Middle School Literacy: Reading and Writing in Science and History

Fall 2009 Website
Ages: 10 - 18 yrs.
Producer: WGBH
Review:
While student accounts are available for those aged 13 and older, this site is mainly for educators, including parents who homeschool. The site is a treasure-trove of educational content and professional development, with an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources featuring media from popular public television programs, including NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, and American Experience, among many others. Content clearly correlates to state and national education standards. Lesson plans and activities available here are appropriate for a wide range of student ages and abilities, and three different versions of Teachers’ Domain are available: K-12 Edition, the College Edition for higher education institutions, and VITAL on Teachers’ Domain for New York State educators.

Each section is so thoroughly defined, with so many lesson plans, activities and exercises in all disciplines, that educator may happily lose track of time exploring all of the available content. Students who access the site can use it to augment lessons and enrich research and study efforts. Many lesson plans include video clips, and while content easily could stand alone, the relationship to popular PBS programs may be the tipping piece to help engage less motivated students.

There is no membership fee for Teachers' Domain, although users must register. Those who want to "test-drive" the site are permitted 7 unrestricted views of content--and that’s more than enough to convince educators that this is a site worth visiting over and over again.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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WGBH Teachers' Domain
http://www.teachersdomain.org

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