Language & Literacy

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Language & Literacy

Language Arts Resources for Educators

DecorativeWide Open School

Grade-level: TK-12. A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

DecorativeStory Online

Grade-level: TK-4. Featuring books on video! Celebrated actors read children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes activities to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills.

DecorativeReading Rockets: Reading Adventure Packs!

Grade-level: TK-3. Packets of hands-on learning centered around fiction and nonfiction books (available at libraries and online sites, i.e.-YouTube). Engagement activities include: art projects, imagination activities,and real world connections. Reading Adventure Packs are also provided Spanish.


Grade-level: K-2. Phonics and Reading Comprehension - students work on adaptive exercises in phonics, word recognition, and comprehension.

DecorativePBS Learning Media

Grade Level: TK-6. FREE and curated standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for teachers.

DecorativePBS-SoCal: Kids Lab

Grade Level: TK-6. Using games, apps, videos, and simple at-home activities, kids can take a journey that builds math and reading skills. This collection is organized around PBS media resources that support children’s development of numeracy and literacy skills. Resources are also provided in Spanish.

Illustrative Math LogoScholastic

Grade Level: TK-8. “Grab-and-go” lessons and unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities, and other ideas to support learning at home. Choose from any subject area, and enjoy learning through discovery and engagement.


Grade Level: 6-12. Content on an array of subjects current events, history, science, literature and more and at multiple Lexile reading levels. Requires registration.

Open Middle logoProject Gutenberg

Grade Level: 6-12. Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.


Grade Level: K-12. High quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

DecorativeNew York Times Writing Prompts

Grade Level: 6-12. This website has over 1,000 writing prompts to choose from. Most of the prompts are personal opinion writing but can be adapted for persuasive or argument writing. These prompts may be revised for younger writers.

English Language Development Resources for Educators

DecorativeBrainPOP ELL

Animated video lessons and content are designed to promote English language learning.

DecorativeLiteracy Instruction for ELLs

Colorín Colorado provides free research-based information and activities for teachers and families.

DecorativeUnite for Literacy

A colorful collection of books that can be read aloud in both English and Spanish. Practice fluency by reading with the text, talk about what is seen on the pages, or discuss learning.

DecorativeWhat’s Going On In This Picture

Engage in a weekly What’s Going On In This Picture interactive discussions, which bring a global audience together to “notice and wonder” about images and ideas. Can be used for writing.


A social learning platform that allows learners to reflect upon, discuss and showcase what they are learning, making, reading, solving, experiencing, and playing.

DecorativeLily Wong Fillmore

An Open Letter from Lily Wong Fillmore on School Closures Related to COVID-19.

History & Social-Science Resources for Educators

DecorativeU.S. Census Bureau

Grade-level: PK-12. New activities designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. The decennial count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more. Use activities for pre-K through 12th grade today to help your students, school, and community.

DecorativeThe Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship Project

Grade-level: K-12. Professional learning and resources to help educators and school administrators successfully implement California’s History-Social Science Framework.

DecorativeCalifornia History-Social Science Project

Grade-level: K-12. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality history instruction, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners, native speakers with low literacy, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. Each week during the crisis, we'll announce a new resource, strategy, or good idea, using #CHSSPLive on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We'll also post schedule updates and access information here on the #CHSSPLive page.

DecorativeTeaching Tolerance

Grade-level: K-12. These robust, ready-to-use lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

DecorativeTeaching California

Grade-level: K-12. Inquiry sets include curated collections of primary sources, teacher and student notes, activities, and other tools that will help guide you through a research-based approach to improving student reading, writing, and critical thinking.

DecorativeCalifornia Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

Grade-level: K-12. The environment can provide depth to the study of history-social science, including the influence of geography on human settlements, the availability and conservation of natural resources, and the location of trade routes. The EEI Curriculum contains 45 history-social science units that teach select standards to mastery while increasing environmental literacy. Password: TeachEEI


Grade-level: 5-12. iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship.


Grade-level: 9-12. From courses like U.S. and world history, Crash Course has you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics.

DecorativeKhan Academy

Grade-level: 9-12. You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.

DecorativeZinn Education Project

Grade-level: PK-12+. The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country.

DecorativeStanford History Education Group (SHEG)

Grade-level: 5-12. SHEG seeks to improve education by conducting research, working with school districts, and reaching directly into classrooms with free materials for teachers and students. SHEG’s Reading Like a Historian curriculum and Beyond the Bubble assessments have been downloaded more than 9 million times. SHEG's current work focuses on how young people evaluate online content. SHEG has created a Civic Online Reasoning curriculum to help students develop the skills needed to navigate our current digital landscape.

DecorativeNational Geographic

The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.


Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0383

Michelle Rios

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0364

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