Language Arts Links
Language Arts Links
Language Arts Links
Laurie Halse Anderson speaking at BookFest at Bank Street College of Education, 10/30/10
Content created by Federal Trade Commission & Scholastic. Lessons to teach students how to understand messages in ads, news stories and literature using critical thinking skills. Includes a game, as well as sample ads, teacher training videos, classroom materials, etc.
A Word a Day
Vocabulary builder, sends one email per week day; with definitions, pronunciations, quotes; anagram server (put in any word or phrase and get all anagrams).
A-Z List of English Idioms
Using English.com; alphabetical list of idioms, with links to definitions.
Univ. of Wisconsin site with information/history of book burning
Center for the Book -- Library of Congress
local affiliate: NJ Center for the Book (at Rutgers)
Programs, booklists, podcasts, contests, resources, etc.
International Reading Association's interactive discussions/blogs/etc. for teachers
One free short story per week, from publisher HarperPerennial.
Access to books in public domain (esp. classics).
Looking for a famous passage? Search for the book title, then type a word or phrase into the "search in this book" box.
Is Google Making us stupid?
Atlantic Monthly article about how surfing the Internet changes reading skills.
Look for companion piece: Is the Internet making us Smarter?
It's a Mystery to Me
Yale-NewHaven site; writing and vocab skills to solve mysteries; uses writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Arthur Conan Doyle;
Letters about Literature Contest
Spelling Police's site explains literary devices, with definitions, some illustrations, examples.
Making of America Books
Univ. of Michigan digital library of primary sources in American social history from before Civil War through Reconstruction: education, psychology, history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.
Making a Book -- Encyclopedia Britannica Films
Film depicts the technology used to print books in 1947.
Free access to historical papers.
Free access to 20,000+ books.
Free online library of classic books, poems and short stories. Read, download, or print full text or excerpts.
"See Sally Research" -- Joyce Valenza TEDtalk
Uber-librarian Joyce Valenza discusses the evolution of research papers.
Shakespearean Insult Meme
From Princeton Review. songs to help remember vocabulary, root words, etc.
Vocabulary tool. Videos of people demonstrating definitions of words. Upload your own, or assign students.
writing prompts, games, exercises, lessons, etc.
BOYS AND BOOKS
Boys’ reading is one of the hot-button issues in librarianship and education today.
Here are a few web sites with practical information that you can use right away to help the young men in your classroom.
Overcoming the obstacle course: Teenage boys and reading.
By Patrick Jones & Dawn Cartwright Fiorelli. Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals V. 30, #3, February 2003.
Professional journal article gives an overview of the issues surrounding boys and reading, excerpts from Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys by Michael Smith, easy-to-read bullet-pointed research findings, and survey results on boys’ reasons they do not like to read. Lists 20 fiction titles for 7th grade boys, and nonfiction subjects that boys are interested in.
Jon Scieska's site, with reviews, etc.
The YA Authors from Guys Read tell "The Joke":
Guys Lit Wire
Blog for teenage boys and the parents, teachers and librarians. Interviews with authors and illustrators, list of recommended reads, reviews of books (old and new), discussions, links. Caveat: the background is black, and the type difficult to read, so highlight a section to make it more legible.
Me Read? No Way! A Practical Guide to Improving Boys' Literacy Skills.
Ontario Ministry of Education http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/brochure/meread/meread.pdf
Fast facts distill the research. Practical suggestions, programs and insights from professionals. Covers all age groups; tips are applicable/alterable for older students. This would be an excellent resource for a collaborative effort between the media specialist and the classroom teacher, with ideas for alternate assessments.
SIBL Library: Artists for Literacy
List of songs inspired by literature, searchable by book, author, artist, or song. This fun tool will help you motivate certain students, particularly those interested in rock music, to read the books that inspired their favorite singers/bands.