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11 Language Arts Resources to try in 2011
From the Free Technology for Teachers blog. Contains some good ELL/ESL resources as well.
International Children’s Digital Library
The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.
Sites for Teachers Language Arts Resources
Links to lesson plans, references, ideas & activities, literature, publishing, and organizations
"The authoratative online textual dictionary, where you bring words to life through video!"
Education World’s Language Arts Links
Links to resources on Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austin, authors, words, biography, and poetry.
FreeTech4Teachers English Language Arts Resources
Links to a lot of English/Language Arts Resources
Poetry Everywhere (Teacher Domain)
“Explore the power of language, look at the world with a fresh sense of wonder, and build reading and writing skills. These video segments, drawn from the PBS Poetry Everywhere series and produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, capture some of the voices of poetry, past and present.”
Copyright-expired electronic texts.
Tower of English
A site to “help ESL students and teachers quickly find the best places on the Internet to practice real English! You’ll find about 300 fun and interesting websites in 34 different categories.”
Awesome Stories is an interactive Web site that has links to pictures, artifacts, manuscripts, etc. that are often located at national archives, libraries, universities and government websites.
"StoryJumper is an online tool that makes creative writing fun for kids. Using our interactive workbook and lesson plans, teachers spark students’ interest in developing and writing complete stories. Kids can then put their creativity and project skills to work in crafting their very own professionally published hard-back books"
Bibliomania has more than 2000 links to materials that include classic fiction, drama, poetry, short stories, contemporary articles, and interviews. It includes study guides for the most read books and other materials to help teachers. It has research reference books, dictionaries, quotations, classic fiction and non-fiction, biographies and religious texts.
Edgar Allen Poe Museum
“The Poe Museum provides a retreat into early 19th century Richmond where Edgar Allan Poe lived and worked. The museum features Poe’s life and career by documenting his accomplishments with pictures, relics, and verse, and focusing on his many years in Richmond”
This site has articles and stories all over the world and throughout history. The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands. There are links to the most popular myths, including Greek, Norse, Roman, and Celtic mythologies, as well as Arthurian legend. The site includes over 7,200 mostly short articles available from countries around the world.
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
Information about William Shakespeare with links to biographies of the author, to his plays and poetry, and much more.
Read, Write, Think
Lessons, resources, materials for teaching reading, literature, writing
Storytelling in the 21st Century
A seminar on the importance of storytelling in the 21st Century
Web English Teacher
K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities. Resources for literature, book reports, drama, ESL/TESOL/ELL, grammar, journalism, media literacy, study guides, vocabulary, etc.
What Makes a Good Short Story
Resources to help students construct a plot, explore points of view, create a character, describe the setting, and analyze theme
Luminarium has information on major authors from Chaucer (1350-1485) to Francis Bacon (1603-1660). The site contains essays about the authors and their works, biographies, quotes, and music from the author’s time.
Top 10 Sites for Creating Word Clouds
An annotated list of free online Word or Text Cloud applications. "
A text cloud or word cloud is a visualization of word frequency in a given text as a weighted list (wikipedia)." This is a concept that is utilized a lot in education for: visualization, brain storming, and mind mapping." While this can be done using paid applications such as Inspiration, there are a number of free sites that accomplish the same."
Adrian Bruce’s Reading Stuff
"...free & printable word games, phonics games, reading games, comprehension strategies and phonics posters."