Posts Tagged ‘character’

American History through Literature

August 14th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 14, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

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What So Proudly We Hail

 

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the rich history of America through the use of literature and with help of the lessons on this website. This e-curriculum, created by Amy Kass and Leon Kass, uses classic American stories, speeches, and songs alongside of video discussions and in-depth study guides to encourage students to be active readers and promote meaningful conversation of the subject matter.
When arriving at the website, select the Curriculum link at the top of the page. Currently there are four curricula to choose from:
  • The Meaning of America – 11 sessions explore “American character and American identity in ways that will produce thoughtful and engaged citizens.”
  • The American Calendar – 11 sessions explore “the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.”
  • Songs for Free Men and Women – 6 sessions examine “our major national songs, both to understand their words and to discover what they contribute to making attached citizens.”
  • The American Muse – 1 session “examines classic American poems, both to understand their words and to explore how reading poetry can join individual and community in a unique and powerful way.”

The Meaning of America curriculum includes 45-minute videoed model conversations as well as discussion guides that encourage students to look beyond the story and to gain insight into the meaningful connection between the American and human matters. All of the curricula provides an introduction to the subject matter and thought provoking questions for discussion of the primary resources presented.

In addition to the curriculum, check out the blog to find more teacher-created lesson plans. Select the “Library” link at the top of the page to see the complete list of short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts available.
While this website was created for high school students, it could be adapted to be used with middle school students as well.
When students are provided with characters that they can identify with, studies take on a new life and meaning. Through the use of literature, these characters are found and students are likely to take hold of the information more readily. This website can provide a stepping-stone into the discovery of the characters of American history.

Take a Virtual Tour of Green Gables

July 25th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, July 25, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Green Gables

 

Age Range: 10 and up (Grades 5 and up approximately; children with parental supervision)

 

Through this website, travel to Cavendish on Prince Edward Island and visit Green Gables. Serving as the inspiration for the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved story of the red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables, Green Gables welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. Now, you too can tour Green Gables from your own home with this interactive website.

When arriving at this website, below the introductory text, you will find 2 interactive floor plans. Select a room to visit by clicking on the red text links on the floor plans and a pop-up window will open. Navigate around the room by clicking on the image and moving your mouse. Zoom in or out using the plus and minus signs at the bottom of the image.

Rooms available to visit include:

* First Floor:

  • Kitchen
  • Entrance Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Parlour
  • Pantry
  • Matthew’s Room

* Second Floor

  • Anne’s Room
  • Hired Hand’s Room
  • Marilla’s Room
  • Guest Room
  • Sewing Room

This website would make a wonderful supplement to a literary study of the book but Anne of Green Gables fans will simply enjoy this visual tour into the world of their favorite character.

Literature Lesson Plans

July 16th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 16, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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Mr. Donn’s Literature Lesson Plans

 

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

 

This website offers a wide selection of free lesson plans based on literature. While they are designed for classroom use, many of the lessons contain activities that can be easily adapted to homeschooling.
When you get to the site use the alphabetized directory to search for any given book title. When you find the title of the book you are interested in, you may find from one to several lesson plans for that title that vary widely in content and design. Click on a lesson plan and you may find:
  • Suggestions for exercises to improve language arts development from letter recognition in Pre-K to character and plot development exercises for older students.
  • Book-themed coloring pages, puzzles, and games to do online or print out and do offline
  • Webquests that explore ideas and concepts introduced in the book through visiting recommended websites
  • Downloadable pdf files with questions to stimulate reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for other books to read on the same topic
  • Teacher’s guides
  • Writing assignments
  • Unit studies themed around a book
  • And more!

There is no way to access it all in one visit – so be sure to bookmark the site to return again.

You will also notice that if you scroll down the homepage at this site you will find other resources for language arts development including free lesson plans for studying: Shakespeare, poetry, fairytales, myths, drama, historical fiction, and more. You’ll even find free Power Point Lessons in Literature and Language Arts.

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

June 25th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

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SparkNotes

 

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6-adult; children, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork”, looks much like ‘Cliff Notes’ but it’s free!

When you get to the site you will see a menu of free online study guides in a variety of subject categories. You can read most of the Study Guides for free online. They are punctuated with advertisements (some are distracting), but it’s a small price to pay for the free resource. To give you an idea of what you can expect in the field of Language Arts, you’ll find: 

  • Literature – A stunning array of free study guides for book titles spanning from “Across Five Aprils” to “Walden.” Pick a title, click, and a new page opens that contains the plot overview, character list, a chapter by chapter summary and analysis, study questions and essay topics, a quiz, and suggestions for further reading.
  • Shakespeare – The works of The Bard are summarized and analyzed by act and scene, and includes study questions, a quiz, and more.
  • Drama – Find summaries and analysis of plays by Edward Albee, Euripides, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and more. Explore the suggestions for further study.
  • Poetry – From Chaucer to Yeats read the summaries and analyses of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.
  • Writing – A remarkable grammar glossary with easy-to-find answers on everything from proper usage of commas and semicolons to superlatives and more.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Language Arts! In the History category you’ll find study guides on important eras in American and European history along with biographies of people of historical importance. In Math and Science you’ll find guides to Algebra, Precalculus, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and more. Other subject areas include Film, Health, Philosophy, Psychology, and Economics.

Bookmark this website to keep for easy reference.

EPA Virtual Tour of a Water Treatment Plant

June 6th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, June 6, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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EPA Virtual Tour of Water Treatment Plant

 

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Visitors will quench their thirst with the knowledge of how a water treatment plant works with this virtual tour from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When arriving at the website, select the text link “Virtual Tour of a Drinking Water Treatment Plant” beside the drop of water image to start your tour. Then you may choose whether to view the interactive presentation in English or Spanish. After a brief introduction by “Thirsten”, a fun character who shows up throughout the presentation providing additional fun facts, the presentation begins. Following the easy instructions you can follow water from the river and through the treatment process. When arriving at the “Control Panel” you can select:

* Tour the Plant – Through the use of colorful images and audio narration, tour a typical water treatment plant covering:
o Source Water and Intake
o Pretreatment and Screening
o Coagulation and Flocculation
o Filtration
o Sedimentation
o Disinfection
o Distribution and Storage
* Classroom Exercises – Games and activities include:
o Thirsten’s Word Scramble Game
o Build Your Own AquifierAquifer
o Matching Fun Facts Game
o Thirsten’s Question and Answer Game
o The Water Cycle
o Water Filtration
o Water Tower Gallery
* Web Resources – Includes links to outside related websites

In the heat of the summer, this interesting virtual tour is sure to wet your whistle for learning.

Tell Stories with Wildlife Art

March 8th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, March 8, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

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Art Tales: Telling Stories with Wildlife Art

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

This is really an amazing site that is as much about learning to write a story, as it is about art. This is an activity-based site, so you must allow at least 30 minutes (probably more) to fully engage in the project. You won’t regret the time invested here. The results are worth it.

 

After arriving at the site, choose “Who will you be?”

  • Frontier Explorer
  • Field Guide Writer
  • Museum Curator

 

Once making your selection, a new page opens that presents you with a selection of wildlife art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Choose the pictures that you like or that inspire you. Each of your choices will be featured, one-by-one on your screen, and you are prompted with questions that cause you to think about what is being depicted by the artist. Then, you type your thoughts about that picture into a journal on the screen keeping in mind that you are creating a story based on the character you originally chose. You also get to select music to set the mood for your story! When finished, you can submit your story to be featured on the site.

 

If you prefer, you can read the story entries that were created by other visitors to the site – before you try your hand at the activity.

 

This is a great way to blend art and literature, really integrating language arts with art history and appreciation.

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