Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Free Literature & Author Quizzes

August 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 2, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Literature Network

(www.online-literature.com/author_index.php)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website provides free biographies and literature including stories, books, and articles by a variety of authors from A to Z.

You’ll find a searchable collection of prominent works, along with fun quizzes that test your biographical knowledge of your favorite authors.

When you get to the site, you’ll see an alphabetical list of authors names including: 

  • Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
  • Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice)
  • James M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
  • Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • F. Scott Fizgerald (The Great Gatsby)
  • Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Homer (The Odyssey)
  • Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
  • Beatrix Potter (The Tale of Peter Rabbit)
  • William Shakespeare
  • Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  • Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
  • Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea)

Click on any name and a new page opens with the author’s biography, a collection of their works (many that you can read online), and a challenging interactive quiz.

Free Crash Course in English Literature

July 12th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, July 12, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Crash Course – Literature

(http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOeEc9ME62zTfqc0h6Pe8vb)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 9-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

Best-selling author of young adult fiction, John Green, offers this free video mini-series, “Crash Course in English Literature” that revs up interest and understanding of classic literature for the high school age crowd.

With manic enthusiasm, he hurtles through plots, characters, writing styles, trivia, and jokes (that will make you groan) – all punctuated with colorful pictures, illustrations, doodles and more.

When you get to the YouTube site, you’ll see a menu of the current videos in the series including: 

  • How and Why We Read
  • Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet
  • Was Gatsby Great? – The Great Gatsby
  • Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye
  • Before I Got My Eye Put Out – The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

Each video course provides knowledge about the literature in a way that really speaks to those who are resistant to it. Green uses funny analogies, quips, gimmicks, and references to pop culture to provide an analysis of the literature that makes it more understandable for today’s teen.

Note to Parents: John Green does address mature adult topics in these literary works. As always, parents should preview the videos to determine suitability of content.

After exploring the “Crash Course in English Literature,” use the menu to check out Green’s other Crash Courses: 

  • Crash Course in World History (42 videos)
  • Crash Course in Biology (40 videos)
  • Crash Course in Ecology (12 videos)
  • Crash Course in U.S. History (48 videos)

And lots more.

National History Education Clearinghouse

June 8th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 8, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National History Clearinghouse

(teachinghistory.org/)

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

 

This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to help raise student achievement in grades K-12, by improving teachers’ access to knowledge and understanding with free resources and materials about U.S. history.

While developed with classroom teachers in mind, the content can easily be tweaked for use in a homeschool.

Bookmark it now, because there is so much content here, you’ll never see it all in one visit. When you get to the site, you’ll see a display of featured items from the site’s content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to access lessons and activities is to click on the “Quick Links” for: 

  • Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-5)
  • Middle School Teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

In all three cases a new page opens displaying classroom resources. Click on them to find book lists, lessons, activities and more. You’ll even find ideas for incorporating literature and technology in the classroom. (One idea has high school students creating Facebook pages for historical figures!)

You can also use the menu at the top of the page to explore: 

  • Teaching Materials – Get lesson plan reviews and teaching guides. Access the “Ask a Master Teacher” tool and browse the FAQs.
  • History Content – Find recommendations and reviews that take students beyond the textbook to quality websites and primary resources for teaching/learning history. Browse the Q&A in “Ask A Historian.”
  • Best Practices – Explore examples of how to encourage students to think historically, see demonstrations of teaching practices, find out how to make the most of your history textbook.

Peppered among the pages of the website are multi-media resources to enhance teaching history along with an archive and library that offers: 

  • Digital Tools
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Holidays and Heritage
  • Primary Sources
  • Student Activities
  • Teaching Materials

~and Much More!

History by Era Resources

June 1st, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, June 1, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

History by Era

(www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era)

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

 

This website from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a “gateway” to the historical content available from the Institute.

Arranged chronologically by era, visitors will find scholarly introductions to the topics, essays written by historians, primary resources including images and transcripts, multimedia presentations, lesson plans and other classroom materials. Eras include: 

  • The Americas to 1620
  • Colonization & Settlement, 1585-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1783-1815
  • National Expansion & Reform, 1815-1860
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1861-1877
  • Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900
  • Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929
  • Great Depression & WWII, 1929-1945
  • 1945 to the Present

Information is also sorted by “Themes”: 

  • African American History
  • American Indian History
  • Art, Music, and Film
  • Economics
  • Global History and US Foreign Policy
  • Government and Civics
  • Immigration and Migration
  • Literature and Language
  • Arts
  • Military History
  • Reform Movements
  • Religion
  • Women’s History

For each era or theme, information is presented in the same fashion beginning with an overview essay, then sub-era essays as well as available primary resources, teaching resources, a timeline of events, key vocabulary, multimedia and more.

This site provides an excellent place for the student to research American history or to dig deeper into a historical topic of interest.

Open Source Literary Works & More

March 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, March 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Open Culture

(www.openculture.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision – there is something for everyone here!)

 

Wow! Wow! Wow! Would you like access to “the best free cultural and educational media on the web”? Then take a look at today’s amazing website.

OpenCulture.com offers “free, high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.” You’ll find enriching, intelligent literary and cultural works delivered in a variety of ways to suit every learning style.
 
When you get to the website simply use the menu to access a terrific selection of free: 

  • Audio Books – Enjoy fiction and literature, non-fiction, poetry, and get access to an amazing list of audio book podcast websites.
  • Online Courses – Take over 1,200 free courses in Literature, History, Math, Science, Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy and more.
  • Movies – Access free movies online!
  • Languages – Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more.

Developed in 2006, by the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program and some terrific techies, this site is dedicated to “bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences.”

This is a terrific library of resources that you can use again and again. Bookmark it to return often.

Free Language Arts & Literature Activities!

February 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Fun School – Language Arts

(easyfunschool.freeunitstudies.com/IndexLanguageArts.html)

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

 

This ad-supported website, created for home educators, archives free language arts lessons, literature unit studies, and activities.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of the free Language Arts & Literature Activities that includes: 

  • Language Arts, Miscellaneous – Get a list of commonly misspelled words, make a “Book Report Sandwich,” get high-interest activities for reluctant readers and writers of all ages.
  • Suggested Reading Lists – Explore the “Best Books” for young adults over the years, books for the college bound, and discover the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Award winners.
  • Unit Lessons/Studies and Word Searches – Find an assortment of complete and incomplete unit lessons along with some word searches themed around classic literature including:
    • The Swiss Family Robinson
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    • Alice in Wonderland
    • Treasure Island
    • Anne of Green Gables
    • Bunnicula
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • The Hobbit
    • How to Eat Fried Worms
    • James and the Giant Peach
    • Johnny Tremain
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Little House on the Prairie
    • The Secret Garden
    • Velveteen Rabbit
    • Wizard of Oz
    • Where the Wild Things Are

When you’re through exploring the Language Arts resources, head over to the home page for more free lessons and activities for many subjects including history, art, science and nature studies.

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