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Free Literature (Novel) Guides!

March 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, March 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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LitCharts

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free literature guides to help students analyze novels and plays.
LitCharts are similar to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes except the summary and analysis sections are side-by-side, making them easier to use and they are created by the original editors of SparkNotes. They are shorter than conventional guides, but haven’t sacrificed detail for brevity.

These literature guides provide students with everything needed to better understand what they read, ace any tests and quizzes, and write analysis papers.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of literature titles that includes: 

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
You can view the guides online for free by clicking a title. A new page opens with the complete literature guide that includes:
  • Background Info
  • Plot Summary
  • Characters
  • Themes
  • Symbols
  • Quotes
  • Summary and Analysis by Chapter
You can also download the PDF of each one for free to view or print offline.

Cookbooks Based on Children’s Literature

February 25th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 25, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature

 

Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

Nothing brings literature to life like doing the things the characters in the book do! So many wonderful children’s stories have references to food – the characters talk about food, grow food, make food, cook food, eat food, think about food, and use food for unusual, funny, and fascinating purposes.
At this website you will find a list of cookbooks that contain recipes based on children’s literature. From Peas Porridge Hot – A Mother Goose Cookbook to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes (Dahl is the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and more) to The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook – this website provides a way to find recipes for delicious foods that reinforce learning language arts. Just print out the list, take it to your library or bookstore, and cook up a good read.

Once you do that, visit the rest of this site by returning to the home page where you will find inspirational messages on how to share good literature with children along with fascinating insight to gender and cultural issues in stories designed for children. There are bibliographies of books on author’s lives. You will even find “A Sort of Children’s Literature Literacy Test” – in which you are given the first line of a picture or story book and asked to name the title of the book!

Over 400 Free Grammar Lessons!

February 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, February 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Daily Grammar

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, developed by a software executive and a middle/high school English professor, archives over 400 grammar lessons and 80 quizzes to teach students the mechanics of the written language.
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the lessons. Click on any one and a new page open with the lesson and practice activities to further understanding. The lessons include:
  • Parts of Speech – Verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
  • Parts of the Sentence – Subject/verb, direct object, indirect object, appositives, prepositional phrases, gerunds, infinitives, participles, and more.
  • Mechanics – Capitalization, end punctuation, periods, commas, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, brackets, italics, and underlining.

This is a great way to learn new skills and improve existing grammar usage. This site is supported with randomly generated advertisements. Therefore, parents (as always) should preview the site and supervise use.

Note: For convenience, all of the lessons have been compiled into both a hard copy book and an eBook that are available for purchase at the site. However, no purchase is necessary to access the lessons at the website.

Language Arts Brain Food

January 14th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, January 14, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Brain Food: Word Puzzles

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of interactive word puzzles and games that will enhance your Language Arts curriculum.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of word activities that include: 
  • Word Searches – Find the hidden words themed around topics such as: The Body, Medieval Times, Varieties of Cheese, Horses, The Bible, Winter, Palindromes, Aviation, North American Birds, Car Parts, Calendar, Vowels – and many, many more. Just keep clicking the “next” button at the bottom of each page to see them all.
  • Associated Words – Think of a single word that goes with the word given, to form a compound word.
  • Word Fragments – Using the word fragment provided, think of a word that contains the fragment — that is, you must form a word by adding letters to the beginning and/or the end of the fragment.
  • Garbled Proverbs – In each of these puzzles, a proverb is written with exactly one letter of each word replaced with another. Can you figure out what the original proverb is?
  • Cryptograms – Cryptograms are encoded sayings or quotations where each letter has been substituted for another. Can you decode them?
  • Language Puzzles – Challenging puzzles about words and language. Put your thinking cap on!
When you are through exploring the “Word Puzzles” portion of the site, you may want to try the “Word Boxes.” Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid.

This site has number and logic puzzles too. In fact, there is so much content here that we were unable to review it all. Therefore, AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability for their own children.

Latin/Greek Root Word Holiday Puzzles!

December 17th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 17, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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MyVocabulary.com: Holiday Tradition Puzzles

 

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-12, approximately, with adult supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of language arts activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to improve vocabulary, writing, and conversation including holiday-themed Latin/Greek root-word puzzles, trivia, crosswords, and scavenger hunts.
When you get to the site, you’ll see the first vocabulary puzzle for “Christmas/Holiday Traditions” that you must solve using the Latin/Greek root words and vocabulary words. Full instructions are included. Then, scroll down the page to find similar puzzles for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan.

Don’t miss these other holiday vocabulary activities:

Christmas Trivia Lists – There are 9 fun trivia lists that you can print out and play offline. (Great for long holiday road trips too!) Topics include naming: 
  • 14 objects that the Grinch stole at Christmas
  • Holiday Songs with the word “Christmas” in the title
  • Songs that were #1 on the Billboard Charts on Christmas Day
  • Santa’s 8 reindeer from the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”
  • 12 gifts of Christmas (from the Christmas carol)
Christmas Traditions – 24 Scavenger Hunt Ideas – On this page you’ll find a Christmas/Holiday word list from A to Z. Scroll down the page to find a list of 24 objects you might look for on a Scavenger Hunt using the vocabulary from the word list.

Free Audio Holiday Stories!

December 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, December 3, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)

 

Here is a selection of free, audio holiday stories. They are available as audio recordings to listen to on your computer, to burn to a CD, or to download to your portable audio player (mp3).
Choose from a great selection of classics including:
A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore – This is also known as The Night Before Christmas. Written in 1822, this is the poem that named Santa’s 8 reindeer including, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – “This is the classic tale of what comes to those whose hearts are hard. In a series of ghostly visits, Scrooge visits his happy past, sees the difficulties of the present, views a bleak future, and in the end amends his mean ways.” (Summary written by Kristen McQuillin)

Good King Wenceslas – Listen to the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas and the story behind the song.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry – This short story is about a young couple who are very much in love and also very poor. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.

The Elves and the Shoemaker – This traditional fairy tale is a short story about a Christmas gift. A poor shoemaker receives some unexpected help just when he needs it most.

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