Educational Links for English
- WRITING PROMPTS: WELCOME TO WRITING PROMPTS. THIS IS
A COLLABORATIVE SITE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE STUDENT WRITING SKILLS
Need interesting lesson plans for your students' use to prepare for standardized testing? Have you thought of using photographs as writing prompts?
The Southern Regional ETTC and The Press of Atlantic City have collaborated to offer area educators source of wonderful photographs published by the Press and selected as "Picture Of The Week" winners by Press Photo Editor Gary Shivers. These photographs can be used as writing prompts by teachers and students preparing for the ESPA, GEPA and other standardized tests. The accompanying stories and captions are available in this site as well.
- Academy of American Poets: At this award-winning web site of American poets, you'll find an abundance of literary treats, including critical essays, biographies of more than 200 poets, nearly 600 poems, and RealAudio clip of 80 poets reading their work. Search for a particular author or literary piece, check eligibility and deadlines for upcoming poetry prizes and awards, take a virtual tour of several online poetry exhibits, or discuss your favorite poem with fellow aficionados.
- Aesop's Fables Online Collection: This online collection of Aesop's fables (complete with moral advice, sharp insights, gentle humor, and life lessons) includes more than 655 stories, many of which are illustrated. Titles are presented in table format and several include narration. As an added bonus, the site features the fair tales of Hans Christian Andersen, graphic timelines, and stories by L. Frank Baum (authors of The Wonderful Wizard of oz) and Charles Dickens.
- BBC: ReviseWise English: Interactive site that provides activities and tests for topics in grammar and literature.
- BookPALS: Storeline Online: Listen to Screen Actors Guild members read children's stories.
- Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: Have you been looking for a review of great children's books for fun-filled ideas on how to integrate great literature into the curriculum? Check out the reviews, activity suggestions, and other language arts resources at this web site. You can search for picture books, novels, and non- fiction titles by name, author, or curriculum area (i.e., titles that build math, science, or other education skills in addition to strengthening language arts). There are also ideas for projects focusing on particular themes or topic areas, such as Appalachia or Colonia America. Users can also subscribe to Hurst's free quarterly electronic newsletter.
- Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site: Classic children's literature, new books, ideas and activities.
- English Grammar 101: An interactive English grammar tutorial. Students receive instant feedback with the self-correcting program.
- English Learning & Achievement:
The national research Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA), which is affiliated with the Albany Institute for research in Education, State University of new York at Albany, is the only national R&D center funded by OERI (Office of Education Research and Improvement) to conduct research dedicated to gaining knowledge to improve students' English and literacy achievement in schools across America. It makes available at no charge research reports, newsletters, and other research-to-practice information, much of which is designed specifically for practitioners.
- Favorite authors and illustrators of children's books: Fans of children's books will find links to official web sites for their favorite authors and illustrators at this site, as well as links to sites maintained by fans, scholars and readers.
- From No On: A Questioning Toolkit: Questions to encourage higher-order thinking and critical evaluation of information.
- International Children's Digital Library: Texts of more than 250 children's books from all over the world.
- International Reading Association: Source for professional development
- Jan Brett's Home Page: Interactive activities from this author/illustrator of children's books.
- Kid News:
- Learn to read with Starfall: Stories to teach letters and sounds for emergent readers.
- Luminarium: A selection of major authors and works associated with English literature.
- Macbeth Rap: Modern rap version of Macbeth.
- National Council of Teachers of English: Source for professional development.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Source for professional development.
- Old Sturbridge Village: Explore the sights and sounds of an 1830's Massachusetts village and the lives of early new Englanders with an online tour, interactive map and 360 degree panoramic views. The museum has nearly 40 restored buildings, including mills, shops, homes, a working farm and meetinghouses, and it offers a variety of educational programs and activities for students and teachers.
- PBS Kids: Don't Buy It - Get Media Smart!: Encourage young people to think critically about media while becoming smart consumers.
- Plimoth Plantation: This site presents extensive content on the Pilgrims, voyages to the new world on ships including the Mayflower, the recreation of the 1627 Pilgrim village, life in the Plymouth colony 1620- 1692, Wampanoag native American, and the first Thanksgiving. The site includes a comprehensive library and bibliography on colonial history and information on Pilgrim genealogy.
- Project Gutenberg: Online text library that provides access to more than 10,000 e-books.
- random House: Sensitive Language: This site examines sensitive language in today's society.
- Shakespeare and Digital Media: Article with links to variety of ways to present Shakespeare.
- Sillybooks.net: Site provides a wealth of reading materials for children. The books are animated and colorful and include music, sound effects, and voices. As children follow along, the words are highlighted as they are read aloud, providing hours of educational fun. In addition to the books, children will find cartoons, music, puzzles, games, and jokes. The Classroom section provides some lesson plans for teachers and other support materials. Writing contests are also available, and the stories are published on the site.
- The Big 6: An information literacy model for teaching information and technology skills.
- The Children's Book Council:
- The Freelance Writing Organization: International offers this free site, which contains hundreds of writing links and a myriad of additional writing resources. There are more than 40 categories of writing topics, ranging from adventure to travel to children to songwriting and scripts.
- The Norton Anthology of Enlgish Literature: Norton Topics Online: This online resource for the Norton Anthology of English Literature provides 28 topics for study and discussion.
- The on-line Books Page:
- The Texas Bluebonnet Books: Lists of books from 1995-2005 with links to teacher resources.
- United State Holocaust Memorial Museums: The museum produces and collects video and audio taped testimonies of Holocaust survivors, resistance fighters, rescuers, witnesses, bystanders, collaborators, perpetrators, liberators and postwar prosecutors, including interviews with Jewish and non-Jewish survivors. The site offers online multimedia exhibitions, a searchable database of photographs and resources for students and educators.
- Word Central: A colorful site for students to dine out information about words through fun, educational activities.