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Internet Resources for English & Language Arts

From email to formal business reports, writing is a part of everyone's life. The ability to read and write are important basic skills. Beyond the basics, literature can connect us with different places and times. Use the following resources to explore the many online resources available on English and language arts.



Professional Organizations, Standards, and Materials

American Library Association (ALA)
http://www.ala.org/
Professional organization with 64,000 members promotes the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

EdSiteMent from the Marcopolo Project
http://edsitement.neh.gov/
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, explore literature and language arts lessons and web resources for educators

International Reading Association (IRA)
http://www.reading.org/
A professional membership organization of over 300,000 dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

National Council of Teachers of English
http://www.ncte.org/
A professional association of educators of English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts.

ReadWriteThink from IRA and NCTE
http://www.readwritethink.org/
Tons of online, standards-based lessons, standards, and web resources - part of Marcopolo project

 



General English and Language Arts

 

Starting Points

42explore Projects
http://42explore.com
Background information and links to quality websites, activities, webquests, and teaching materials

Building Language for Literacy from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/index.htm
Resources for children and teachers

E-Server
http://eserver.org/
Starting point for all areas of English

English from the High School Hub
http://highschoolhub.org/hub/english.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities including spelling, vocabulary, grammar, writing, poetry, research, and literature.

English & Language Arts from HomeWorkSpot
Organized, annotated links

English Zone
http://www.english-zone.com/
Great English starting point

Language Arts from the KidsHub
http://kidshub.org/kids/english.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities including word games, spelling, writing, and poetry

Language Arts from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/langhc.html
Information by category

Literature & Authors from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/lithc.html
Information by category

Literature and Language Arts from Discovery School's Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/arts/artlit.html
Quality links and descriptions

Literature Ladders from Eduscapes
http://www.eduscapes.com/ladders/
Provides ideas for connecting books and Internet resources.

Mythology from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/mythhc.html
Information by category

Resources for Teachers

Annie's Rhyme Time from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/annie/index.asp
Resources for children and teachers

Arts & Literature from PBS' TeacherSource
http://www.pbs.org/teachers
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Books and Writing from Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/outer/books.html
Links to good resources

Carol Hurst’s Children Lit
http://www.carolhurst.com/
Lots of great resources, lessons, and ideas

Literature from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/lit.html
Lesson for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Literature from Family Education Network's Teacher Vision
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-5817.html
Lessons, assessments, printables, and themes organized by Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Writing with Writers from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/
Resources for children and teachers

Writing Workshop from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/writing/
Resources for children and teachers

Web English Teacher***
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/
Presents K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities.

Resources for Young Adults

A+ Research
http://www.ipl.org/teen/aplus/
Many resources for students doing research

About: Poetry
http://poetry.about.com/
Great poetry links

Academy of American Poets
http://www.poets.org/
Read and listen to poetry. Also, learn about poets

All Readers
http://www.allreaders.com/
Helps you find a good book

American and English Literature Internet Resources
http://library.scsu.ctstateu.edu/litbib.html
Links to lots of resources

American Verse Project from University of Michigan
http://www.hti.umich.edu/a/amverse/
Explore American verse

Bartleby: Great Books Online
http://www.bartleby.com/
Online publisher of literature, reference, and poetry providing access to books and information, free of charge.
 
Bibliomania
http://www.bibliomania.com/
Great reasons on reading and literature

Electronic Literature Directory
http://directory.wordcircuits.com/
Directory to location electronic literature

Essay Writing
http://www.essaypunch.com/
Takes you through the steps in writing an essay

Literature: What Makes a Good Short Story?
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/literature/
Great online tutorial

Online Literary Criticism from Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
Explore literary criticism

Online Writing Lab from Purdue
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Tutorials and study materials

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - POWA
http://www.powa.org/
Help in writing

Teen Ink: Reviews Written By Teens
http://teenink.com/Reviews/
Book reviews by teens; send your reviews

TeenPoint for Writing and Reading Reviews
http://www.teenspoint.org/reviews/index.asp
Read and write reviews; send your reviews

Teen Reads
http://www.teenreads.com/
Read reviews and learn about books

Resources for Children

Berenstain Bear Country
http://www.berenstainbears.com
Learn about these famous bears

Clifford's Interactive Storybooks from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/
Resources for children and teachers

Dr. Seuss's Seussville
http://www.seussville.com/seussville/
Lots of fun activities for children

Find a Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/
Locate the grave of a famous person

Giggle Poetry
http://gigglepoetry.com
Fun poetry examples, contests, and projects

Information Please Almanac: Biography
http://www.infoplease.com/people.html
Basic information about people

Language Arts Games for K-8 from FunBrain
http://www.funbrain.com/teachers/subj_lang.html
A wide range of online games for practice and thinking

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer
http://www.littlecritter.com/

Explore materials and activities to go with the Mercer Mayer characters

PBS Kids from PBS
http://pbskids.org/

Explore adventures in learning and reading with the following programs and others.

Stories to Grow By
http://www.storiestogrowby.com/
Online stories on a variety of topics

Story Hour
http://www.ipl.org/youth/StoryHour/
Stories for young children

Word Central
http://www.wordcentral.com/
Information, resources, and ideas for words and vocabulary

 



Biography

Starting Points

42explore Projects
http://42explore.com
Background information and links to quality websites, activities, webquests, and teaching materials

 

Resources for Young Adults

American History 102: Who's Who
http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/bios/names.html
People from US history

Biography.com
http://www.biography.com/search/
Based on TV program with short bios

Biography Dictionary
http://www.s9.com/biography/
Short descriptions

Born in Slavery from the Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html
Oral history project

Conversations with History from UC Berkeley
http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/
Well-known and lesser known people with audio and video

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/
Explore biographies of women

First Person Narratives of the American South from the Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/ncuhtml/fpnashome.html
Oral history project

Inventor Archives
http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/archive.html
Learn about inventors

Lives, the Biography Resource
http://amillionlives.com/
Lots of biographies

Political Graveyard
http://politicalgraveyard.com/
Information about politicans

Presidents of the United States
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/
Information about US presidents

Rulers
http://www.rulers.org/
Information about rulers from around the world

Resources for Children

Biography Maker
http://www.bham.wednet.edu/bio/biomaker.htm
Help for kids learning about biographies

Find a Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/
Locate the grave of a famous person

Information Please Almanac: Biography
http://www.infoplease.com/people.html
Basic information about people

 



Related Resources and Materials

Academy of American Poets
http://www.poets.org/
Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry, this is the largest organization in the country dedicated to the art of poetry.
 
America Reads
http://www.ed.gov/americareads/
A grassroots national campaign challenging every American to help all our children learn to read; site provides information and resources for helping children to learn to read. Children's Literature Web Guide (CLWG) by D.K. Brown
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/
Attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.
 
Guide to Grammar and Writing by C. Darling at Capital Community College
http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
Online help site
Related Website:
Principles of Compostion http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/composition.htm
 
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
http://www.famlit.org/
NCFL is recognized internationally as the leader in the field of family literacy, an innovative approach to meeting the educational needs of both children and their parents. By providing training for educators, researching effective practices, and raising public awareness, NCFL works to expand the learning opportunities for all families nationwide.

 

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