Posts Tagged ‘literature’

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.

Free Literature (Novel) Guides!

March 7th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, March 7, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LitCharts

(www.litcharts.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free literature guides to help students analyze novels and plays.

LitCharts are similar to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes except the summary and analysis sections are side-by-side, making them easier to use and they are created by the original editors of SparkNotes. They are shorter than conventional guides, but haven’t sacrificed detail for brevity.

These literature guides provide students with everything needed to better understand what they read, ace any tests and quizzes, and write analysis papers.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of literature titles that includes: 

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

You can view the guides online for free by clicking a title. A new page opens with the complete literature guide that includes: 

  • Context
  • Plot Summary
  • Detailed Summary and Analysis
  • Themes
  • Quotes
  • Characters
  • Symbols
  • Theme Wheel

You can also download the PDF of each one for free to view or print offline.

Free Online Literature

February 28th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bibliomania

(www.bibliomania.com/)

Age Range: 10-adult (Grades 4 and beyond; children with parental supervision)

 

This site has “free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts” where you can read, study or research.

When you scroll over the icons on the left sidebar, you’ll see new, featured and/or recommended books. You can click on something that grabs your attention or you can start at each icon: 

  • Read – Choose fiction, poetry, drama and more. When you click on an author name, all the books on the site by that author are listed. If you click on a title, there is usually a summary of the book first, then each chapter listed separately.
  • Study – There are study guides for books written by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and more.
  • Research – Choose from non-fiction, reference, biographies or religious texts (only the Bible and the Koran are there so far).

You can also use the search feature to find something by text or author/title.

Great Books Online

February 21st, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, February 21, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bartleby.com

(www.bartleby.com/)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1-adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported site has unlimited access to full-length classics, reference books and more – all free of charge!

When you get to the site, you can look at the featured collections and featured authors or you can search by: 

  • Reference – including quotations, short sayings and proverbs
  • Verse – tens of thousands of poems
  • Fiction – including World Literature, American Literature and Aesop’s fables
  • Nonfiction – including The Harvard Classics, American Documents, and Scientific Papers

Or just click on “All Collections” and browse through the categories. There is so much to see here! Bookmark to return often.

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