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Below you'll find information on the different resources that ReadWriteThink publishes on the site and those for which we are currently seeking contributions.

Lesson Plans (Classroom Resources)

Before starting on your lesson plan, download the What do you need to know to write a lesson? document, which outlines the required portions of every lesson plan and includes information on additional sources that will help you write your lesson plan. After thoroughly reading all of the required information, submit a resource proposal to the ReadWriteThink (RWT) team by following the steps on the Prepare a Proposal tab. Once your lesson idea is approved, you'll be provided with Lesson Submission Guidelines and the Lesson Plan Template to write and submit your lesson using our online submission tool. These guidelines and the RWT format MUST be followed for lessons to be sent out for peer review.  Once approved for publication on the site, authors receive a $300 stipend.

Strategy Guides (Professional Development)

ReadWriteThink.org seeks to develop new content for K-12 educators as well as preservice teachers and teacher educators in a collection entitled Strategy Guides. The Strategy Guides, which are housed in the Professional Development section of the RWT site should:

  • identify, define, and provide examples of effective literacy teaching/learning strategies and
  • provide users with access to other RWT, NCTE, and IRA resources that relate to those teaching/learning strategies.

Please see the Author Guidelines: Strategy Guides (Professional Development) document for more information on writing this type of resource for RWT.  Once you have an idea for a new Strategy Guide, submit a resource proposal to the RWT team by following the steps on the Prepare a Proposal tab. Upon receiving and accepting your proposed idea, you will be contacted by a member of the RWT staff with further instructions. All published Strategy Guides come with a $200 author stipend.

Activities & Projects (Parent & Afterschool Resources)

ReadWriteThink contains a section of the site full of Activities & Projects intended for use by family members or caregivers working with children/teens or by volunteer tutors or afterschool practitioners.  These activities are intended to engage children in continued literacy learning during times that children/teens are not in school, and are to be an extension of concepts they have already learned, or new concepts that are age-appropriate.

These activities should be appropriate for use by family members and tutors who are not literacy education professionals. Language should be appropriate for these audiences, and activities and projects should ideally be written at an 8th grade level. These step-by-step activities and projects are housed in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section of the site, and are intended to provide clear-cut directions for anyone interested in creating a learning activity for a child or teen outside of the school environment.

Please see the Activities & Projects Template for more information on writing this type of resource for RWT.  Once you have an idea for a new activity or project, submit a resource proposal to the RWT team by following the steps on the Prepare a Proposal tab. Upon receiving and accepting your proposed idea, you will be contacted by a member of the RWT staff with further instructions.  All published Activities & Projects come with a $300 author stipend.

Tips & How-To's (Parent & Afterschool Resources)

The Tips & How-To's content on the RWT site is designed for use in out-of-school settings, either by family members or caregivers working with kids or by volunteer tutors or afterschool practitioners. These Tips define and provide examples of effective literacy learning strategies in language that is appropriate for family members and tutors who are not literacy education professionals. Language should be appropriate for these audiences, and Tips should ideally be written at an 8th grade level. The Tips & How-To's will talk more generally about some of the strategies that are covered in a very specific context in the out-of-school activities currently included in the ReadWriteThink.org Parent & Afterschool Resources section of the site.

Please see the Author Guidelines: Tips & How-To's (Parent & Afterschool Resources) document for more information on writing this type of resource for RWT. Once you have an idea for a new Tip or How-To, submit a resource proposal to the RWT team by following the steps on the Prepare a Proposal tab. Upon receiving and accepting your proposed idea, you will be contacted by a member of the RWT staff with further instructions.  All published Tips & How-To's come with a $200 author stipend.

Printouts (Parent & Afterschool Resources)

Parent & Afterschool Printouts are intended for use in out-of-school settings by parents, caregivers, volunteers, tutors, or afterschool providers working with children or teens. As the name of the section suggests, this area offers printable games, worksheets, and informational sheets that support kids' literacy development in fun and engaging ways while at home or afterschool.

Each Printout is accompanied by a page explaining the purpose of the printout, general information about how it is used, and creative ideas for using it out with children or teens. The information on this page should be written in language that is appropriate for family members and volunteers who are not literacy education professionals. Language should be appropriate for these audiences, and information should ideally be written at an 8th grade reading level.

Please see the Author Guidelines: Printouts (Parent & Afterschool Resources) document for more information on writing this type of resource for RWT. Once you have an idea for a new printout, submit a resource proposal to the RWT team by following the steps on the Prepare a Proposal tab.  Upon receiving and accepting your proposed idea, you will be contacted by a member of the RWT staff with further instructions. All published Printouts come with a $100 author stipend.

Community Stories

RWT is more than just a website; it's a community of educators working to improve literacy learning for every student. We'd love to hear your story about how RWT, the National Council of Teachers of English, or the International Reading Association has had an impact on you and your teaching for our Community Stories section. Please share your story using the Share Your Story form on the ReadWriteThink.org website.

The tone of your story should be positive and informal. Most importantly, it should reflect your voice. Please write in the first person and tell the story as if you were sharing it with a friend and include artifacts such as student work, audio, video of teaching/learning, pdfs, websites, etc.

All stories will be reviewed by RWT staff; selected submissions will be published in the Community Stories section.  Authors of published Community Stories receive a stipend, which is tiered based on types and amounts of artifacts provided.

Audio & Video

In addition to providing stipends for educators in the field for their lesson plan and teaching ideas, ReadWriteThink.org also accepts audio and video that can enhance our resources for an additional stipend. The audio and video can accompany a new lesson plan or activity, or it can complement an existing resource.

RWT is always looking for videos of teachers using our resources or of students performing, creating, or working.  See our site for example videos. Additionally, we accept audio of students.

Please email Lisa Fink for more information on submitting audio or video to the site.