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Language Arts - Middle & High School

Teachers | Professional Resources

Links Verified 2/14/2012

  1. Aesop's Fables - Short reading passages with a moral to analyze.
  2. American English Pronunciation - Fantastic site! Lessons are available on quite a few topics. Each lesson provides the pattern, gives examples, provided practice (a lot of practice), and ends with a quiz. Each word in the quiz can be pronounced for the student by clicking on the speaker icon. This site would be good for Language Arts or ESL classes. This resource includes voice instructions for students
  3. A Word A Day archive - archives of words that have been used since 1994
  4. Bibliographic Style
    1. Bibme - fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page.
    2. Citation Machine - an interactive Web tool designed to assist teachers in modeling the proper use of information property (Students are welcome to use this as well)
    3. Citing Sources- Guide to Library Research - Documentation Guidelines: Citing Sources Within Your Paper
    4. MLA-Style Bibliography Builder - Choose a form, fill it out, and push the button... you will get an individual entry for a "Works Cited" page, which you may then copy and paste into your word processor.
    5. MLA, APA, AAA, Chicago (Turabian) Citation Guide - from North Seattle Community College Library
    6. Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format from the Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) at Purdue.
  5. Bibliomania - Bibliomania has more than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources
  6. Book Glutton - Read, annotate and discuss, right there, immersed in the text. Some classics are free online reads and you can bookmark your place!.
  7. Catalogue of Electronic texts, a collection of digital documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy. Searchable by author or title.
  8. Character Cards - helpful cards to collect data while researching An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  9. A Chapter a Day - Books online divided up into chapters with vocabulary words for the chapter and quotes. Many classical novels here.
  10. Chapter Books On-line - Many classic novels online with tools to help students read on line.
  11. Class Anatomy - online "class anatomy"- a documentation and analysis of one instructional period.
  12. Classic Short Stories - online text of some of the short story classics.
  13. Comic Strips - Make up your own comics, using characters, emotions, and more
  14. Comic Strips - Create your own comics and your own characters also!
  15. Common Errors in English Usage - Do you "shutter to think" of horrible misusage of the language? Find that and more at this site.
  16. Diagramming Sentences - "Understanding the functions of parts of the speech in a sentence and their relationship to one another can be very helpful in learning to construct good sentences"
  17. Drama - The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Audio Radio Shows - "The finest radio drama of the 1930's was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. In its brief run, it featured an impressive array of talents, including Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann, and George Coulouris. The show is famous for its notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, but the other shows in the series are relatively unknown. This site has many of the surviving shows, and will eventually have all of them."
  18. Every-Day-Edit - provides daily practice in a wide variety of basic language skills with a daily paragraph having ten built-in errors of basic spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization
  19. The Electronic Text Center - The Modern English Collection contains fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  20. English 11 - Reading and Writing - practice tests from Virginia Department of Education released SOL tests This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  21. The English Teacher's Companion - Lessons, tools, publications, and much more can be found at this site.
  22. English Teacher Resources - Many links for strategies in writing, poetry, literature, reading and more
  23. English-Forum by Aardvark presents interactive English language exercises for use in ESL or EFL classes.
  24. English Grammar Quizzes - self checking quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  25. English Grammar The Easy Way - This site has a very comprehensive collection of brief grammar explanations for students. A great site if you want some concise support.
  26. Etymologic: The Toughest Word Game on the Web - In this game you'll be presented with 10 randomly selected word origin or word definition puzzles to solve; in each case the word or phrase is highlighted in bold, and a number of possible answers will be presented. You need to choose the correct answer to score a point for that question. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  27. Folktale of the Month
  28. Free Rice - a vocabulary site that donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations with each word you define correctly.
  29. Grammar Activities - posted by Ohio University
  30. The Grammar Aquarium - many online quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  31. Grammar Exercises - many online quizzes [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  32. Grammar and Style notes from Jack Lynch at the University of Pennsylvania. Example entry on the subject of Boldface; "There's no reason to use boldface in an academic paper; spend your time writing, not fiddling with the word processor."
  33. Grammar and Writing - interactive quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  34. Grammar Worksheets and Printables - Free English grammar and vocabulary worksheets and printable handouts This link includes something for the teacher to print
  35. Guide to Grammar and Writing - Maintained in memory of Professor of English Charles Darling for English courses at Capital Community College in Connecticut. (for use by the college's students and staff and for the general online community)
  36. Homonyms and Homophones
    1. A Feast of Homonyms - a Quia quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    2. Homonym Practice - a Quia quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    3. Homophone Quiz - three levels are available in this BBC quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    4. Self-Study Homonym Quizzes - 52 quizzes listed This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    5. Word Confusion - choose the Hard level in this FunBrain quiz This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    6. Word Pairs - This quiz checks your understanding of homophones. Listen to the sentence and select the correct word from the pair. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding This resource includes voice instructions for students
  37. Idioms - Set one ; Set two [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  38. Idioms and collocations - exercises practice collocations - words that 'sound good together' (rush hour/catch a cold/soft drinks), phrasal verbs - two-or-three word combinations (consisting of a verb and particle) that make sense only if looked at together as one single unit (take off/drop out/get over) and idioms - expressions consisting of words that can't be understood literally. from EnglishGateway site This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  39. Inference Notes - a way to graph the concept of inference An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  40. Interactive Grammar Quizzes - Grammar and punctuation. [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  41. Interactive lessons
    1. Middle School
      1. Bibliographic Blunders (6 - 8) Students use notecards to collect information. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      2. Information Elimination (6 - 8) Students model, instruct, and practice narrowing a topic for expository writing. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      3. One Source (6 - 8) Students compare primary and secondary sources. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      4. Paraphrase Craze (6 - 8) Students practice paraphrasing for expository writing. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      5. Prewriting Tactics (6 - 8) Students organize and group related ideas. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      6. Trailblazing Conclusions (6 - 8) Students develop a sense of ending by using closure and thought-provoking statements. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      7. Trailblazing Introductions (6 - 8) Students develop a sense of beginning by using strong leads. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
      8. Which Writing? (6 - 8) Students choose an appropriate format for writing. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    2. High School [lesson opens on a new page]
      1. Setting (9 - 12) Travel back in time with Shakespeare's Romeo as he teaches about setting through great works of literature. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  42. The Internet Classics Archive - bringing the wisdom of the classics to the Internet since 1994
  43. Jog Lab - create your own mnemonic by entering target words then choosing jog words from the pull down lists
  44. Journalism: Student writing for the real world - Journalism is not just for the newspaper staff! All students can improve their writing as a result of instruction in journalism.
  45. Learn Out Loud - podcasts of novels This resource includes voice instructions for students
  46. Literary Elements - Interactive game (from Glencoe) This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  47. Nursery Rhyme Expansion - practice with the aspects of purpose, voice, and audience in their writing. New ideas for old material. Here is a site with stories inspired by nursery rhymes that students can see to help them write their own versions.14 Funny Stories based on Mother Goose Rhymes
  48. Literature Quizzes - online quizzes in poetry, essays, comprehension, and story elements
  49. Middle and Secondary English - Language Arts - Resources to support the curriculum in English and Language Arts for K-12 educators.) [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  50. Mindomo - interactive graphic organizer (free registration)
  51. Novels On-Line found at the Carnegie Mellon University English server.
  52. Novel Guides - from Classzone; activities and suggestions for novels.
  53. Novel Guide-Novel Analysis - literary analysis on the web; an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analyses, and Author Biographies.
  54. Novel Units Online - Novel Guides and Units
  55. The On-line Books Page - You may search by author, title, or subject.
  56. Prefixes
    1. Prefix Mix - working with "Pre" and "Post," prefixes with opposite meanings This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    2. Prefixes Make New Words - drag and drop the prefixes to complete the words correctly This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    3. Prefixes Say Plenty - choose the word that best completes the sentence This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  57. Poe, Edgar Allen, Quote the Raven - Welcome to TeachersFirst's "Interactive Raven," a look at the vocabulary and literary devices in Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem, The Raven. This unit lets users view each stanza of the poem, pointing out Poe's use of some common literary devices. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  58. Poetry
    1. Poetry 180 - Welcome to Poetry 180. A Poem a day for American High School students. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.
    2. Poetry Index of Canonical verse at the Carnegie Mellon University English server. Poets from Angelou to Wordsworth.
    3. 30 days of Poetry - Each lesson gives you a format to follow and student examples. In many cases your teacher will direct you to write more than one poem in a lesson. This gives you an opportunity to use the form and, most often, create an even better poem in doing so. Enjoy your lessons! [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
    4. Poet's Pantry Tour - Virtual fieldtrip of the many types of poetry. Within the tour there is a list of at least 40 types of poetry and examples of each form!
  59. Power Proofreading from Houghton Mifflin - Help! The power has gone out at HME-TV, and proofreaders are needed to fix TV scripts, memos and other writing at the station. HM has provided a special power screen so your students can help them. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  60. Pre-Reading notes - help students prepare for information obtained in reading An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  61. Proofreading Exercises - online with answers
  62. Reading Placement Assessments - tests to download (answer key given)
  63. Reading Comprehension - free Reading Comprehension worksheets for Middle and High School students to reinforce skills such as context clues and word meanings
  64. Reading Comprehension - for High school students [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  65. Reading for Results - Online practice, many concepts This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  66. Reading for Thinking - online passages and questions for many concepts- middle and high school This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  67. Reading Keys - online passages and questions for many concepts - middle/high school This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  68. Reading Passages - vocab, word selection, sequencing and conclusion activities.
  69. Reading Passages - vocab, word selection, what did you learn, spelling and more.
  70. ReadPrint - free online library, thousands of free books.
  71. Reading Skill Stories - written for adult ESL learners, these stories can be a timed reading; there is audio for each story so it can be used for a read-along, and there are questions at the end of the stories. [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.] This resource includes voice instructions for studentsThis site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  72. Root Words
    1. Putting Down Roots - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    2. Putting Down Roots (2) - Drag and drop the roots into the blanks to complete the words. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    3. Putting Your Roots into Action - Now that you know five new roots, start looking for them in unfamiliar words. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    4. Putting Your Roots into Action (2) - Now that you know five more new roots, start looking for them in unfamiliar words. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    5. Root Word Lessons - free interactive vocabulary puzzle and activity sessions use Latin and Greek "roots and cells" to help unlock word meanings. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    6. What's a Root? - In this lesson, you'll work with five roots. Once you know a few roots, you'll see them everywhere. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    7. What's a Root? (2) - In this lesson, you'll work with five more roots. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data.
  73. Schoolhouse: English and Language Arts - Lesson plans and Internet resources in the areas of Poetry, Reading, and Writing. The site also includes Internet resources in the areas of Literature, Philosophy, and Plays. Schoolhouse also includes links to Standards sites.
  74. Sentence-combining exercises - a lesson followed by quizzes This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  75. Short Fiction on the Carnegie Mellon University English server.
  76. Short Story Elements - online interactive quiz from Quia This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  77. Short Story Elements - online quiz This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  78. Skimming and Scanning - links that contain lessons and activities to practice these skills.
  79. SparkNotes - Study Guides, Message Boards, Complete Texts of an enormous amount of various types of literature taught in High Schools. You must register to get to the guides, but registration is free.
  80. Story Elements Questioning Cards - Great for independent work after reading a book. This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  81. Story Modules - modules designed to test comprehension of a news story (Click on Story Archives on the left to find the stories) This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  82. Style Manual by William Strunk Jr. - Reference site to find verse, authors, fiction, nonfiction links.
  83. Suffixes
    1. Suffixes Make New Words - drag and drop the suffix to the correct root word to make a new word This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    2. Suffixes Say a Lot - pick the best definition of the capitalized word This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
    3. Success with Suffixes - fill in the blanks with words ending in "er" This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  84. Summarizing and Paraphrasing - online exercises and lessons. This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
  85. The Teacher's Desk - A literacy resource designed for teachers of grades five and six. This site is a collection of lesson plan ideas and classroom activities.
  86. Think About it cards - excellent task cards to place beside students while reading for information This is an Adobe Acrobat document This link includes something for the teacher to print
  87. Timed Reading - Read this passage and time yourself!
  88. Visual Thesaurus - Really cool way to look up synonyms. It is just a trial version but you can look up a few words at a time without paying.
  89. Vocabulary Enrichment
    1. Analogy Quiz1 - Determine which choice has a relationship similar to the original words or phrases. (HS Level) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    2. Analogy Quiz2 - Determine which choice has a relationship similar to the original words or phrases. (HS Level) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    3. Sentence Completion - Fill in the missing vocabulary words. (Middle/High School level) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    4. Sentence Completion Quiz - Fill in the missing vocabulary words. (Middle/High School level) This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    5. Vocabulary Enrichment - Each Quiz picks 10 questions from a fifty word list and you can hear the word spoken, allowing you to not only learn its definition, but how its pronounced. This resource includes voice instructions for studentsThis site includes questions for your students to check their understanding
    6. Vocabulary University - Vocabulary puzzles to enhance vocabulary mastery. These exercises help prepare for SSAT, PSAT, GED, SAT and ACT tests, they supplement personal vocabulary acquisition, and are being used in home-schooling and ESL programs
    7. Vocaboly - Vocabulary test - Multiple choice, different formats
  90. The Word Detective on the Web is the online version of The Word Detective, a newspaper column answering readers' questions about words and language.
  91. World Wide Words - Each week you will find at least one short article or extended definition of a word which is too new to appear in most dictionaries
  92. Words Count - Vocabulary exercises - self checking
  93. Writing Tests - ( Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get to this section )These tests cover vocabulary, writing style, mechanics, focus, and understanding of the topic. Answer key given.

For Teachers

Professional Resources

  1. The Compact for Reading Guide is a user-friendly handbook designed to walk your family-school compact team through the steps of building and implementing a Compact for Reading. It provides information, strategies, examples, and checklists to help parents, educators, and community members develop effective, workable compacts that can improve your school, increase family involvement, and increase student skills and achievement in reading.
  2. Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children - The focus of this report is prevention. The report sketches a picture of the conditions under which reading is most likely to develop easily - conditions that include stimulating preschool environments, excellent reading instruction, and the absence of any of a wide array of risk factors.
  3. Starting Out Right (A guide for promoting children's reading success) - Parents want to provide their preschool children with a good start in literacy. A school district tells its teachers to change the way they teach reading. Preschool caregivers want to be sure that the children they care for are ready for school. A mother attending a school meeting hears confusing messages about the best way to teach beginning reading. A corporate executive wants the company to support an after-school tutoring program, but is not sure where to start. This book is for all these people. It is written particularly for parents and others who can influence the education and development of young children, especially policy makers, caregivers, and teachers.

 

 

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