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PhilWP Teacher-Created Resources

This website features created by educators affiliated with the Philadelphia Writing Project, including past program sites, conference presentations, webinars and workshops, and other inquiry communities and projects.

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Write Now: The Newsletter of the National Writing Project

The National Writing Project issues a newsletter each month that contains relevant topics for writing teachers. It provides updated news, links to interesting articles regarding current trends in written communication, and important information about the National Writing Project. Educators can subscribe via this link, or simply click on it to access the most current newsletter.

The Current: Powered by the National Writing Project

This website provides tips and tools for ELA teachers. It is an online forum that allows educators to share resources and information, creating a network of teachers. Some materials and articles can be accessed without an account, but users are encouraged to sign up in order to share information or access all resources.

College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)

The College, Career, and Community Writers Program engages middle and high school teachers in an inquiry around teaching and assessing academic argument writing in their classrooms. The three-day Advanced Institute focuses on a study of selected books and encourages teachers to explore and adapt curricular resources. Throughout the year, teachers will meet six times to discuss student work, collaborate on units, and explore ideas around the discourse of academic argument writing.

Education World

“Connecting educators to what works.” Teachers can use this site to search for relevant articles, lessons plans, or resources regarding writing and reading. It also provides professional development materials and tips for integrating technology into the writing curriculum. 


Edutopia is home to multiple articles regarding multiple academic subjects, including writing. Educators can stay updated on current trends as well as topics regarding mentorship, peer collaboration, etc. As in Education World, teachers can search Edutopia to find relevant articles and resources regarding the subject with which they need assistance.

Facing History and Ourselves

Through this site, educators are able to research methods for teaching challenging topics that the country and world have faced. It provides search tools, articles, lesson ideas, and videos that support teachers as they navigate strategies and methods regarding the teaching critical social justice topics.

International Reading Association

This website empowers people through multiple modes of communication. It provides multiple teaching models, a classroom resource catalog, educational journals, and a daily literacy blog that provide support to ELA teachers in all grade levels.


A community-focused sit that was developed for both for students and educators, this hub provides suggestions and information on how to incorporate media into the classroom while creating awareness about social justice research. Students have their own section that allows them to access relevant research and current events, challenging them to think globally and critically about current topics in politics and education. Teachers can navigate articles and lesson ideas that promote the use of technology, community networks, and current events in written classroom work.

Learning for Justice

Educators can access multiple downloadable activities that raise awareness for social justice issues in education and in the country. Secondary students can develop skills, such as persuasive writing, through prompts that encourage them to address these important issues and share their perspectives while respectfully acknowledging others’ opinions.

Media Awareness Network

The Media Awareness Network provides information to parents and educators regarding the use of technology in children’s lives. Its goal is to create awareness in the use of technology and challenge its users to think critically when interacting with media. Teachers and parents can search for writing resources that pay attention to the incorporation of media within the written word, such lessons regarding the writing of a blog or newspaper article.

National Endowment for the Humanities

This site provides teachers and secondary students with articles regarding history and current events, which are beneficial for research papers. It is a credible government website that also provides information regarding grants and funding for particular programs that sponsor diversity and minority representation in education and humanities.

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA has been around since 1965, established by Congress to provide funding and support for the arts. It focuses on diversity heritage and the inclusion of all people. Educators can access this site regarding the inclusion of arts into their classrooms, particularly in reference to literature and theater. Resources include podcasts, articles, and videos that can be used to create interactive writing experiences for secondary students.

PA Department of Education Standards Aligned System

Teachers can access the PA Common Core State Standards through this website, along with multiple resources and assessment ideas. 

PBS Teachers

PBS Teachers provides resources, videos, articles, and teaching ideas for writing educators of grades K through 12. “Teacher Toolkits” provide all materials necessary for a last-minute schedule or topic change. Students can also access their own portal that link content areas together through writing exercises and video prompts.


Multiple writing lesson plans, student interactives, printouts, professional development articles, and parent resources can aid students in developing author’s voice and craft, as well as practicing multiple forms of writing. Resources are sorted by grade level, which allows teachers to easily navigate the site.

Rethinking Schools Online

This is focused on the inclusion of all students, no matter their background, race, ethnicity, or religion, into the general education classroom. It provides multiple articles on social justice issues and provides insight on how to address topics within the classroom. Educators can access the website, magazine, or blog to find important articles that can generate prompts for argumentative writing, critical response papers, research papers, etc.

Scholastic News for Teachers

Catering to educators for grades 1 through 6, this website provides access to current event articles and writing prompts that are grade-level specific. Teachers can register for free and access graphic organizers that include prompts for comparisons/contrasts, essay guides, generating questions from readings, summarizing, and predicting. 

Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom

This website provides access to multiple book titles and articles that incorporate the inclusion of minorities into literature and education. These resources can be used to create insightful writing prompts and responses from students.


Other Professional Networks


Local Educational Organizations