Posts Tagged ‘literature’

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.)

The Periodic Table of Comic Books

February 26th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, February 26, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Periodic Table of Comic Books

(www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

A couple of chemists took it upon themselves to collect comic strips that mention elements from the Periodic Table and compile them on this website. The result is a “literature” tie-in to the science of chemistry and elements in particular, making them both seem less daunting and more fun.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a Periodic Table of Elements. Click on any element and a new page opens where you can see the comic strips where the element has been mentioned or featured.

Once you’ve checked out the comic, if you want more technical information on any particular element, visit the site called WebElements.

NOTE TO PARENTS: Comic strips may have controversial subject matter. In addition, this site contains links to other websites that we have not reviewed. As always, you should preview the content to determine suitability for your own children.

Holiday Language Arts and Free Audiobooks

December 19th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Holiday Zone

(www.theholidayzone.com/christmas/christmas-language.html)

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

 

At this website you’ll find an ingenious list of Christmas-themed activities that will stimulate reading, writing, story-telling, and vocabulary development.

You’ll also find suggestions for creating acrostic poems and playing some language arts games. Some of the ideas are better suited to a classroom environment – but many can be tweaked for homeschooling. 

When you are done playing the games at this site, go on over to LibriVox, where you can read/listen to free Christmas audiobooks. LibriVox is an organization that gathers volunteers to record literature in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. At the website you can access holiday-themed stories. Not only can you download the MP3s and listen to the stories, most contain links to the full text so you can read along – all for free! Here are some titles: 

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nick) by Clement C. Moore

Interactive “Elements of a Story” & More!

October 17th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, October 17, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Language Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/)

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

 

Learner.org offers free, interactive lessons including the elements of storytelling, how to use primary sources for historical facts when writing, and even an interactive spelling bee!

When you get to the site you’ll see the menu of amazing interactives for every subject that are archived on this site. Don’t get distracted! Look under “Language Arts” and “Literature” on the left “Disciplines” menu to find several choices including:

  • Elements of a Story (Grades K-5) – Explore the different ingredients and elements that go into stories such as characters, plot, and background – and see how they fit together.
  • Spelling Bee (Grades 1-10) – Take part in a virtual old-fashioned spelling bee! Listen to three stories and then spell words from each story. You can review the words, hear the audio, find definitions, and see the words used in context too!

Of course, once you’re through with the Language Arts and Literature Interactives, you’ll want to return to the main menu to explore Mathematics, Social Studies & History, Science, Foreign Language and Arts interactives too. Bookmark this site, it’s a keeper!

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

(www.mythweb.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

When you get to the site you’ll see a main menu that includes: 

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

Visit an Online Art Gallery

July 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, July 7, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Olga’s Gallery

(www.abcgallery.com/index.html)

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

 

Discover over 15,000 paintings from hundreds of artists all over the world with this comprehensive and well-organized website.

There are several ways to begin exploring. Use the left-hand sidebar menu to search by: 

  • Artist
  • Country
  • Movement
  • Name
  • New Additions
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Myths
  • Christian Saints
  • World Literature in Painting

And more.

Visitors can also see on the right-hand menu the New Additions and the Top 20 Artists or use the upper alphabet index to search for an artist by name.

Once you have made a selection, each artist page includes a brief biography and a selection of important paintings and artwork which can be viewed in a larger version by clicking the thumbnail. On the right-hand side, there are additional links for more information about the artist, artists of influence, and other artists from the same movement or country.

Bookmark this site to come back to time after time for all of your art studies.

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