Below are free secondary literacy teaching resources for teachers in UK schools at KS3 and KS4 level to help you save time spent on lesson planning. Secondary school English teachers may find these websites useful for developing their own literacy lesson plans or for signposting their pupils to innovative online content.
Key Stage 3
The Channel 4 Way With Words section is designed specifically with literacy and language skill development in mind.
The Techit website has plenty to offer anybody teaching KS3 literacy with lots of activites that relate to plenty of key topics.
Geoff Barton has a few documents that have great plans on how to teach writing technique, including a really interesting look at writing to build tension.
Help students visualise their thought processes by creating word clouds using Worlde, a free online word cloud generator.
Key Stage 4
The Visuwords dictionary and thesaurus website is ideal for use with interactive whiteboards in the classroom. It is a useful tool for people of all ages, including aspiring writers and journalists, for generating new word ideas.
Once again we recommend taking a look at the Teachit website for more ideas for lesson plans.
Webanywhere custom resources
Suitable for all ages, Webanywhere’s Blog app is available as part of the Schooljotter suite – promote social networking and literacy skills in a safe, secure online environment. You can sign up for a free trial of the software to use with your class at www.schooljotter.com.
We hope you find these free teaching resources for English teachers to be very useful when lesson planning for Key Stage 1, 2, 3 or 4 literacy classes.