Areas of Interest

Reading Passages

This site features children’s literature in both text and audio formats. The text passages are available as attractive PDFs that can be downloaded and printed for use in your classroom, with or without the audio files. Flesch-Kincaid grade level is provided for each passage, along with suggested activities, blackline masters, and Sunshine State Standards that may be addressed using the passage. There are over 3,000 passages available, including works at every grade level. Authors include Beatrix Potter, Edgar Allen Poe, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, and such great American leaders as Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln.

Florida Then and Now
FT&N includes hundreds of reading passages about the history, environment, commerce, and people of Florida. Each two to three page text passage focuses on one topic and includes captioned illustrations, maps, tables, and diagrams. Each passage also includes separate documents for teacher notes, reading strategies, comprehension questions, and student activity sheets.

In this collection of texts of primary source documents from the history of our state, you’ll find turn-of-the-century reports on the early citrus industry, pamphlets advertising the state to northerners, historic newspaper articles, and first-hand accounts from Floridians involved in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

FCAT Express: Grade 4 Reading Practice
FCAT Express is designed to help teachers and their students prepare for the Fourth Grade Reading Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). It includes resources for teachers as well as practice activities and tests for students. Many of the materials are also available in a print-friendly format. Also available, FCAT Express: Grade 8 Reading Practice, and FCAT Express: Grade 10 Reading Practice.
Multicultural Education through Miniatures
This site includes photographs of handmade dolls and puppets from cultures around the world with accompanying stories, maps, and games. 


Lit2Go is an unparalleled collection of free audio books, including children’s classics and classics for all ages. Here, you can find short stories, poems, and entire novels by Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, Edgar Allen Poe, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Rudyard Kipling, Jane Austen, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and H.G. Wells, among many others. Also included: Sunshine State Standards, Flesch-Kincaid grade level, and suggested activities.

Lesson Plans

No Strings Attached
NSA includes dozens of Language Arts lesson plans with video of each lesson being implemented in a Florida classroom. All NSA lesson plans include effective technology integration, Sunshine State Standards, and NETS Profiles.

FCAT Reading References, for 4th grade
This site gathers instructional strategies materials for fourth grade reading teachers, such as Cause and Effect, Main Idea, and Author’s Purpose. 

FCAT Reading References, for 8th grade
Here you will find instructional strategies materials for eighth grade reading teachers, such as Two Column Notes, QAR, and Semantic Feature Analysis.

FCAT Reading References, for 10th grade
This site gathers instructional strategies materials for tenth grade reading teachers, such as Graphic Organizers, EMQA, and Text Lookbacks.

Classroom Resources

Letters and Alphabets (from ClipArt ETC)
Over 800 illustrations of decorative letters and alphabets.

Clipart for Bulletin Boards, Newsletters, Presentations, and Activity Sheets ClipArt ETC
Tens of thousands of pieces of high quality images, painstakingly digitized from beautiful 18th, 19th, and early 20th century books and magazines. Here, you’ll find everything from aardvarks to zorillas, from the Absynnian crown to Zouave cadets, from Arabesque decorative flourishes to the crest of Zouche. 

Presentation backgrounds (from Presentations, ETC)
Have you ever gotten tired of the same old presentation backgrounds that came with your software? FCIT’s presentation site can open up your creative vistas with over 20,000 Powerpoint templates and Keynote themes, all free for classroom teachers.

Professional Development

Classroom Assessment
Free online course materials help classroom teachers learn about how to effectively design and use different kinds of assessments.

Tech Ease
Tech Ease is a collection of tech support articles and videos specifically designed for classroom teachers. The site includes printable tutorials and desktop videos on topics such as podcasting, managing your files, and printing.

Sunshine State Standards Search
Navigating the Sunshine State Standards has never been easier. Search by subject area, keyword, and grade level.

Educational Technology Clearinghouse - Language Arts
The ETC is a guide for all things educational and technological. This language arts page collects useful links to selected FCIT resources and other sites. 

Technology Integration Matrix
This site is a self-assessment tool for professional development in technology integration. Here, you will find example videos of technology in use at various levels.

ESOL Tapestry
Tapestry provides professional development resources for those teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This is a series of video lectures by experts in the field.

About Your Guide


James Welsh is a former elementary school teacher and a current doctoral student at USF in Childhood Education and Literacy Studies, examining critical media literacy in elementary education.

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Language Arts and FCIT

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Conferences and Events

National Council of Teachers of English
2008 Annual Convention
November 20-23, 2008
San Antonio, TX
International Reading Association
Reading Research Conference
Friday, February 20, 2009
Phoenix, AZ
International Reading Association
Annual Convention West
February 21–25, 2009
Phoenix, AZ
International Reading Association
Annual Convention North Central
May 3–7, 2009
Minneapolis, MN
Just Read, Florida!
K-12 Leadership Conference
June 28-July 1, 2009
Orlando, FL
National Council of Teachers of English
Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 9-12, 2009
Columbia, SC
Florida Reading Association
Annual Conference
September 10-13, 2009
Orlando, FL