|I am not always lucky enough to have books with me|
Magazines, blogs and newspapers are all an awesome source of reading materials, but sometimes it is nice to have something a bit more permanent. When you change age groups as much as I did it is nice to know that there are some free reading sources you can legally get (I can't very well discipline at students for plagiarizing if I don't keep to the same moral code)! Following is a quick non-comprehensive list of sites I have found helpful for reading materials.
- Wily Writers is a place I have found some great short stories. My favorite part is that you can normally contact the authors to let them know that you are using their story. Sometimes they will answer questions from your students, other times you can set up a skype date. If nothing else you can have students e-mail them a thank you. For example I was lucky enough to find Jess Hartley who has written some great short stories we used in my class and was kind enough to chat with my students! More on that here. They also quite often have the audio version of the story.
- Free-e-books well with a name like this there isn't much left to the imagination. With a bigger focus on newer e-books this site is a nice way to find some modern examples of English for students to read.They have "educational" books, general non fiction, humor, short stories, and young adult. With so many options there has to be something that works for you.
- NEW (added 6/16) Smashwords is a site I was just introduced to and it is AWESOME. It has books for sale as well as freebies. They seem to add new books every day for a constant supply of good reads.
- NEW (added 3/15/2013) Flip Builder is a cute java site that has people actually "turning" pages. Not everything is free but the collection for little ones is pretty cute!
- ESLMonkeys is a great site as well! A lot of the books are resource books, and there are a bunch of dead links but there's also some great interactive reading sites linked (Ghost Forest has a trailer to entice you into reading more.) ESLMonkeys also links to a short story by Robert Norris who in addition to selling his story as an e-book, a podcast and in print offers it to teachers and students for free online! The Many Roads to Japan: A Search for Identity is about John Banks and how he ends up in Japan. Basically the site has tons of fun free stories that English Language learners are sure to find interesting.
- ELCivics isn't my favorite but for newer teachers who aren't comfortable enough working with authentic materials it offers 3 easy to use books with quick short stories and comprehension questions. It looks like it is designed for lower intermediate adults, but it is definitely worth a look.
- Teachers Pay Teachers has 2,972 Guided Reading worksheets right now. 349 of which are free! They have every age level up to worksheets for adults. Similar to BusyTeacher these often contain built in activities as well! If you don't already have an account you can go straight to their sign-up page here
- BusyTeacher Many teachers share not only worksheets but graded readers, short stories, magazine articles, etc. Often they even include activities.
- Project Gutenberg is one of my favorites! It has classics like Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, Grimm's Fairy Tales(if you are going to use these in class I recommend using the new series Grimm for a new twist on the tales), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, The Prince, Dracula, Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities and I have to stop myself because I could just go on and on. It is a great place to start if you are looking for a story.
- ManyBooks is very similar with many of the same books. They do have a nicely organized section on fairy tales of the world which would be easy to turn into an international unit. They also have recommendations which I think are pretty fun! You can view what other readers recommend here you can read reviews of stories available. You can also make a bookshelf of your favorites and view other people's bookshelves to get ideas.
- Bartelby I used to use Bartelby all the time in high school to find quotes to use in my essays. Now they have upped their game and offer books much like Gutenberg and ManyBooks. They tend to go a bit more poetic but they also have books.
Where do you go to find reading? Do you use more magazines and articles or do you prefer books?