All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Just for Fun

(and maybe glory!)

It feels great to reach a personal goal, and it's also nice when someone else recognizes your accomplishment. Motivation is key to achievement of any kind. Here are some contests and activities that could be motivating, fun and potentially lucrative!

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FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme. Our partner is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. For each vocabulary answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.

Visual Thesaurus

An interactive dictionary and thesaurus that leads you to discover the connections between vocabulary words in a visually captivating display. Word maps blossom with meaning, encouraging exploration instead of rote memorization to expand vocabulary.

ReadWriteThink's Crossword Puzzle Tool

Nothing tests your knowledge like a crossword puzzle. But did you know the format of a crossword puzzle can be an effective teaching tool, too? Using this tool, children and teens can solve ready-made puzzles designed around grade-appropriate topics. Solving a crossword puzzle can teach new words, the meanings of those words, and how to spell them. They also can jump into the driver's seat and create their own puzzles. Choosing their own topics and mapping out their own puzzles develops big-picture thinking. To create a puzzle from scratch, children and teens must demonstrate deeper knowledge of the topic and the words that will serve as the puzzle’s answers. Coming up with clues sharpens communication skills. It’s an art to write a clue that gives just a hint, but enough for someone to say, “Aha! I know the answer to 1 down!”

For grades K-12

SAT Vocabulary Quiz

Brush up on SAT vocabulary words with this free online quiz. Play as a guest or register to see your name on the high scores honor roll.

More SAT Vocabulary Practice

Race the clock to drop and drag synonyms until all the words disappear.

Manga On Manga!

Take a look at Wired magazine's ten-page manga on -- manga! This history of manga was written by Jason Thompson, a former manga editor, and is presented in Japanese page and panel order. Read it online or download a pdf and learn about how and why manga is so popular around the world. Deadline: N/A.

And if you want to help your teacher understand manga, this Comics in the Classroom interview with Jason Thompson will explain just what these Japanese comics are.

Fun & Games from

Check out an assortment of online word games, including Ultimate Word Challenge, Chain Reaction, and Lingo.