Posts Tagged ‘drama’

Free Literature Study Guides & More!

November 8th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SparkNotes-Literature Study Guides

(www.sparknotes.com/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 stunning array of free study guides which you can sort by title or author spanning from A to Z. 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. 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

In the side menu, other Language Arts categories are: 

  • 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 analysis of the work of great poets and try the suggested activities.

But there’s MUCH MORE beyond Literature! 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.

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 1st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. Go to the home page and see for yourself at http://www.pppst.com/index.html

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

Free K-12 Literature Lessons & Activities

May 11th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 11, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EDSITEment – Literature and Language Arts

(edsitement.neh.gov/subject/literature-language-arts)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers free, high-quality online lesson plans integrated with resources to promote active learning in literature and language arts (as well as other subjects such as art, foreign language, history and social studies).

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured lesson plan. Below that is a sorting tool where you can select the grade level you want (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) and other features including subtopics such as: 

  • Biography
  • Drama
  • Essay
  • Fables, Fairy Tales, and Folklore
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

Submit your parameters and a menu of lesson plans will appear below the sorting tool. Click on any lesson title and a new page opens displaying the lesson including: 

  • Guiding Questions
  • Learning Objectives
  • Preparation Instructions
  • Lesson Activities
  • Extending the Lesson

You’ll find links to free, carefully screened educational websites where you can read the literature online and find resources to extend the learning. In some cases you’ll find free, printable worksheets as well.

The content is so extensive that a description here simply doesn’t do it justice. This is a remarkable resource for the home educator – so bookmark it to return often.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math-games/index.php)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline. We’ve focused on math for this review. The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline.

The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-8 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 8-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-8 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Language Arts
  • Art
  • Drama
  • French and Latin

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

Free DVDs from John Stossel!

May 26th, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Stossel in the Classroom (http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/)

 

Age Range: 11-Adult (about middle school through adult; children with parental supervision)

 

“Stossel in the Classroom”, sponsored by the Center for Independent Thought (a non-profit educational foundation) offers a free DVD each school year that is a compilation of John Stossel’s television programs and specials designed for use in the classroom to enhance the study of social sciences. All you have to do is register (free), and agree to provide feedback once you’ve viewed the DVD – and the DVD’s will be mailed to your home or school address. There are also free, downloadable “Teacher Guides” for the DVDs at the website with lesson plans, activity suggestions, handouts, and vocabulary.
A new DVD is produced each year and is free to teachers including home educators. Right now you can get TWO FREE DVDs: the 2014 edition and the 2015 edition (while supplies last)! When you get to the site, you’ll see John Stossel’s smiling face and learn how to register to receive the DVDs.

When you’re through registering, use the menu at the top of the page to access all of the free resources available. Watch free “Streaming Videos” from Stossel on thought-provoking topics. Past videos are archived at the site. You can also search the videos by subject. Since today’s focus is on Science, search the topics for: 

  • Biology
  • Business Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Science
  • Technology
Bookmark this site and come often to find tons more resources on topics like: 
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Civics
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language Arts
  • Government Law
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Math
  • Music
  • Parenting
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • US History
  • World History
Again, all of this is provided for FREE – they simply request that you provide feedback on the website and products to share with fellow teachers/educators.

You can use John Stossel’s thought-provoking programs to launch lively discussions, question conventional wisdom, gather and analyze information, and distinguish between fact and opinion.

When you register at the site, you will automatically receive the quarterly e-newsletter with convenient links to order the latest free DVD, play the free monthly streaming video clips, and access the featured teacher resources.

The Sounds of Classical Music

December 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 20, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

openClassical

 

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

 

This website is wonderful ensemble of classical music.
When arriving at this website, you can choose from the sidebar menu to browse the greatest hits sorted by: 
  • Everything
  • Chamber
  • Concerto
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Piano
  • Vocal
Click the song you would like to listen to. When the page opens you are presented with a bit of information about the composers and a video of the selection. (Please note that there are also Amazon Offer links related to the composer and other links to off-site related items for purchase such as the sheet music for the song.)

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Composers” and you can search for a composer by name or search the lists by the following time periods:

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Modern
Selecting a composer brings up a list of related videos and brief composer synopsis and links to Wikipedia for more information.

Select “Timeline” and explore composers by date to discover contemporaries of your favorites. The composers in the timelines are clickable as well, making it easy to study and compare composers of the same time frame.

Finally, choose “Playlists” to listen to music to set the mood for:

  • Calm
  • Drama
  • Excitement
  • Romance
  • Study
This website is an excellent resource for expanding your listening pleasure options.
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