Posts Tagged ‘language’

The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

April 17th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 17, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Knowing Poe

(knowingpoe.thinkport.org/)

Age Range:  9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website explores the literature, life, and times of the state of Maryland’s native son and writer, Edgar Allan Poe.

Turn on your speakers to engage in a variety of multi-media activities that will help you learn about one of America’s foremost writers, who is best known for works such as “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

This site offers some ingenious methods for learning about Poe through both historical and fictional means, as well as from a number of different perspectives. Learn about the era he lived in, what his house, family, and hometown were like, and see how it informed the complex choices Poe made as he wrote poems and stories. You can even become a forensic investigator and review the “hard facts” about Poe’s untimely death. 

Use the lesson plans and interactive experiences, including primary source documents, links to other website resources, and even some fun family-centered activities to understand the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy. [Note: Some of the links to other web-based resources are inoperative. However, we found that a quick Google search for those items led to results for similar content on a variety of other sites.]

When you get to the site you can click on images to begin to explore the content, or use the menu on the left to focus on: 

  • Poe The Person – Includes a timeline that highlights historic events that occurred during his lifetime. This section also offers, “It’ll be the Death of Me,” that allows you to explore the possible causes of Poe’s mysterious death.
  • Poe The Writer – Provides an exploration into Poe’s writings and the unusual tools, techniques, and revision processes he used.
  • The Poe Library – Access some of Poe’s works, primary source documents about Poe, and link to other resources about Poe.

In addition to all of the above, this site is filled with trivia and little known facts about Poe. The dark, mysterious images and style of the website maintains the spooky legacy of Poe’s most famous works. (Parents, as always, should preview this site to determine if the content is suitable for their own children.)

Learn Spanish: A Free Tutorial Online

April 13th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 13, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

StudySpanish.com

(https://studyspanish.com/learn-spanish-free)

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

 

At this website you will find free Spanish lessons and tutorials that uses text, audio, interactive games and activities and more to help you learn Spanish.

There is so much available here for free without any sort of obligation – and even more if you are willing to become a member of the site by providing your email address. Of course, if you do that, you may get email promoting the audio course that is available for a fee. Frankly, we think the occasional spam is worth the price of admission (your email address) for full access to the free tutorials offered here. 

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Pronunciation Tutorial – Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, words, phrases and more by listening to a native speaker and repeating what they say.
  • Grammar Tutorial – Learn parts of speech and how to conjugate verbs. Learn the days of the week, numbers, and more. This section is presented through text lessons, and interactive quizzes.
  • Verb Drills – Learn present and past tenses, as well as regular and irregular verbs through text lessons and interactive quizzes.
  • Vocabulary Tutorial – Learn a series of words based on a theme – for example, restaurants, bathroom, plants, clothing, emergency services, etc. Lessons are taught through text, oral exercises, online flashcards, match games, word searches, concentration games, and quizzes!
  • Daily Word – Log on to the site each day to learn a new Spanish word. Access the archives too.
  • Cultural Notes – Learn about Spanish history, art, architecture, food, dance, customs and more! This is really an incredible social studies lesson – you see a photograph, information in Spanish and English, and links to websites with more info.

Other free topics include idiom generators, a travel helper, links to other sites, and a list of full immersion Spanish language schools throughout the world.

This is one of the BEST SPANISH TUTORIAL sites we have seen on the web. Don’t miss it!

Free Writing Tutorials

April 10th, 2019

It’s Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fact Monster: Homework Center-Writing

(www.factmonster.com/homework/writingskills1.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

 Here you will find free writing tutorials on topics from basic sentence structure to paragraphs, essays, book reports, biographies, research papers, and term papers. The tutorials are delivered through simple-to-read text that include clear and instructive samples.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of items to browse including:

  • Essays – Learn how to select a topic, organize your ideas, write a first draft, revise the work, and proofread the final draft.
  • Writing Different Types of Essays – Learn how to structure your writing for Narrative, Descriptive, Persuasive, Cause and effect, and Comparison and Contrast Essays.
  • How to Write a Biography
  • How to Write a Book Report
  • How to Write a Research Paper – Learn to select a topic, discover how to research to find sources of information, take notes, organize ideas, write a first draft, revise, proofread, and use footnotes and endnotes. Plagiarism is defined here as well.
  • How to Write a Letter – Includes instruction on personal letters, thank you notes, a letter of complaint and more.
  • How to Write a Speech – Find out how to write speeches that inform, persuade, and entertain.
  • Spelling & Grammar – Includes lessons on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence structure, parts of speech, subject and predicate, dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, split infinitives, and more.

This is a great reference website not only for writing, but for every subject. Look around and you’ll see what we mean. Make it a “favorite” to return often.

, April 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts

April 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Easy Essay

(www.theeasyessay.com/)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a FREE automated expository essay program that “can teach almost anyone how to organize an essay in 5 minutes” and is ideal for helping students learn to write essays and prepare for essay exams.

It’s an ingenious way to help organize your thoughts so that you can write a decent essay.

When you get to the site you can try a free demo – click on “Get Started Now.” Once you’re hooked and want to continue, you must register to use the site. Registration is FREE and allows you to work at your own pace, saving and editing the essays that you create. When your “Easy Essay” is complete, you can print it or save it to your own computer.

If you want to write a longer paper, the program can automatically expand into a 17 paragraph thesis. This program is also usable in any language. See “Tutorial” from the home page for detailed information. 

We enjoyed test-driving this program, and think many of you will too. It will be “helpful for virtually anyone who desires to better organize their written or verbal communications.”

Free Spring Poems with Activities

March 27th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, March 27, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK: Spring Poetry

(dltk-holidays.com/spring/poem/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-11 (Grades PreK-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Spring has sprung! The return of longer and warmer days, and the rebirth of flora and fauna has inspired poets for ages.

This website offers a selection of over 35 poems about spring by a variety of authors including Mother Goose, A.A. Milne, William Wordsworth, and Robert Frost. 

Most poems are accompanied by an audio recording so you can hear the poem being read aloud. And every poem has a free printable activity page to go with it.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of poem titles including: 

  • Daffodowndilly by A.A. Milne
  • Little Seeds by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
  • And many more!

Simply click on a title of interest and a new page opens with the poem text. Below the poem, you’ll see a box that says, “Play.” Click on it to hear the poem being recited. You’ll also find a sample of the activity sheet to the right of the poem. You can print out the full sheet in color, or print it in black and white and use it as a coloring page.

Math with MIT’s “Scratch”

March 25th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch

(https://scratch.mit.edu/ideas)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE online and/or can be downloaded for Mac OS and Windows at the website.

When you get to the site, choose a tutorial or start with the Getting Started tutorial. The categories are: 

  • Animation
  • Art
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories

Follow along and then try for yourself! There are also activity guides, and coding cards to download.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

Also, ScratchJr is available – a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.

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