TeenReads.com Ultimate Reading List


Teen Reads is a great site for teens who are looking for ideas about what books to read. It has an Ultimate Reading List comprised of books that are  “compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, ‘read this!'”

Motivating Teens to Read and Write

“Teens say the most important factor for them to feel motivated to write is using it as a way to connect with, and receive feedback from, teachers, family members, and friends.”


Full-Text Short Stories and More

I often find myself searching for full-text pieces for my students to use in class.  Here are several resources I have found.

A Bibliography for a Few Non-Fiction Text Sets for Argument Writing

Short Stories

40 Excellent Short Stories for Middle School http://www.mrswatersenglish.com/2014/05/40-excellent-short-stories-for-middle-school/

Short Stories for Middle School Students-Click the tabs across the top of the page for additional lists.  The Christmas list is pretty cool.  http://americanliterature.com/middle-school-short-stories


Smithsonian TweenTribune-Each full-text article has a short answer question that goes along with it.

Huffpost Teen



Popular Poems to Teach