Connections in the time of COVID-19

Here's a thoughtful article in Education Week: Remember, Online Learning Isn't the Only Way to Learn Remotely. But when you do want some online resources, here are some suggestions. Please also refer to COVID-19: Getting the Gist and to A lot to manage...and some resources.

High Interest / Low Literacy Coronavirus Materials

WGBH / PBS: Ken Burns in the Classroom

Conducting a Writing Workshop online:

WGBH / PBS Learning Media:

As schools and students, families and educators adapt to the current health crisis, WGBH — in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and WGBY/New England Public Media — is supporting them by gathering some of our free, trusted digital resources from PBS LearningMedia and our award-winning educational preschool programming. PBS LearningMedia resources span disciplines for grades PreK-12, are aligned to national and state standards, and include videos, comprehensive lessons, and other activities.

Example: This comparison of photos of the Chatham Break on Cape Cod is fascinating.

As part of this same effort, WGBH has increased their TV programming to reach students without internet access.

Browse the schedule for our special distance learning programming aligned with PBS LearningMedia resources, airing on the WORLD CHANNEL. WGBH WORLD can be found on Comcast 956; FiOS 473; RCN 94; Cox 807, Charter 181.

Highlights from some of the sites listed below

Teaching Tolerance

Video: Countering Hate Speech Online   As racist rhetoric continues to surround COVID-19—and as screen time for many students increases—having the skills to interrupt hurtful online speech and protect targets of harassment is important.  This student-friendly video from our digital literacy resources has tips to help.

Speak Up Strategies   As COVID-19 infections increase, so do racism and xenophobia toward Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We know that racist “jokes” can quickly become racist rants, and those rants can turn to violence. Use our  “Speak Up” strategies to let people know you’re not OK with racist or xenophobic comments about coronavirus or anything else.

Facing History & Ourselves:  Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

See annotations on the list below; many of the sites have posted special resources during this time. Several of the museums are streaming live cams and videos.

We'll add or highlight resources bit by bit. Check back often.

Connections Between ELA and Everything Else

There are several great sites for background information, curriculum ideas, instructional resources, and possible texts. (For leveled readings and text sets, go to Text Levels, Sets, and Complexity.)



General Non-profits, NGOs, and Educational Programs

Government Websites

Untested But Potentially Useful Resources

  • Council for Economic Education (CEE): "Some of CEE's very best resources to help you integrate economic concepts into all of your social studies classes"
  • MAAP: "Mapping the American Past," a project of Columbia University
  • SNCC Gateway: "Learn From the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work"

Website links collected by the following:

Films, Trailers, Clips,etc.


To peruse our other curated collections, return to the ELA home page.

ABE ELA Instructors often teach social studies or science within ELA, or also teach dedicated classes for science, social studies, civics, study skills—and so on. What does it mean to think in each of these areas? Are there common patterns of critical thought across them all? Read one person's view on thinking across disciplines and tell us your response.

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  • Incorporating science processes into ELA and ESOL classes at all levels of literacy
  • Exploring activities for vibrant teaching of social studies and civics
  • Understanding and using the CCRSAE for ELA, both on their own, and through the lens of science or social studies
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