The following resources were mentioned or demonstrated in the InfOhio Webinar “Support Struggling Readers Grades 6-12” on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Pulp Magazine Cover Generator

Create customized “Pulp Magazine” style covers, like the one we used on the opening slide.

Adolescent Literacy

This material used to be available online, but sequestration cuts resulted in it being removed from

The material is all still available via a free CD that you can order from WestEd.

"Improving Adolescent Literacy" Practice Guide

This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.

Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, by Hinchman and Sheridan-Thomas

Covering everything from day-to-day learning activities to schoolwide goals, this engaging book reviews key topics in literacy instruction for grades 5-12 and provides research-based recommendations for practice. Leading scholars present culturally responsive strategies for motivating adolescents; using multiple texts and digital media; integrating literacy instruction with science, social studies, and math; and teaching English language learners and struggling readers. Vivid case studies, thoughtful discussion questions and activities in each chapter, and detailed ideas for program and lesson planning make this an indispensable classroom resource and professional development tool.

Implementation Guide Checklist

Single-page checklist of the Five Recommendations from the Practice Guide

Frayer Model Sample


Frayer Model Sample


Part-Firming Guide

Summarized from the National Institute for Direct Instruction.

Professor Word bookmarklet

Identifies and highlights common ACT/SAT vocabulary words on any website.  Provides inline definitions.

Google Dictionary Chrome Extension

Works within the Chrome web browser.

Allows the user to double-click on any word to get a context-sensitive inline definition (if available) as well as a natural voice pronunciation of the word.

Play an online vocabulary game.  Every right answer results in a donation of five grains of rice to the World Food Programme.


Add-in for Microsoft Word.  Provides text-to-speech functionality, including creating audio version (mp3 or wav) of Word documents.


A popular mind-mapping application.  Works through the browser.  Mobile app also available.

Get the Flesch-Kincaid Grade level and other Readability ratings for any text you paste into the site.

Guidebook for Student Centered Classroom Discussions

From the Interactivity Foundation.

Provides background and resources to help teachers support high quality peer-to-peer discussions.  PDF, 141 pages.


(Workshop sample:

“An Online Bulletin Board”

Allows users to post questions, comments, thoughts.  Can be moderated.


Shelfari lets you build a virtual bookshelf to display the books you’ve read, are reading or want to read. You can read, write and edit plot summaries, popular quotes, character descriptions and more than a dozen other types of fun book factoids.


Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.


Voki is a free service that lets you create customized speaking characters.


A specialized font that may assist some readers with dyslexia and related issues.  Options include downloading the font, or extensions for browsers to change online fonts.


This brief video from John Medina (author of “Brain Rules” and “Brain Rules for Baby”) explains the concept of “Schema” and how prior knowledge impacts how well we absorb new information.