A really fantastic literacy idea that any teacher could make use of is a Google Lit Trip. Google Lit Trips are free files that you can download that work with Google Earth. The file will mark the events of literature by using the Google Earth location or setting that the book characters progress through over the period of the story. It gives the reader extra resources, insight and experiences as they read the story The Google Lit trip is a project that is supported by Google but remains free. The intention of the resource is for students or readers of all ages to really get excited about reading and add a dimension through critical thought to their reading experience. There are resources for educator from kindergarten to higher Education supported through Google Lit Trips. You can explore literature from classics such as Make Way for Ducking to The Grapes of Wrath. Current titles such as Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech or Are We There Yet ? by Alison Lester are also available. This is such a great resource!
Check out Google Lit Trips at: http://www.googlelittrips.org/