Posts Tagged ‘literature’

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.

Children’s Literature Quizzes

January 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunTrivia: Quizzes – Books for Kids

(www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/for_children/books_for_kids.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find many online, interactive quizzes based upon children’s literature.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that you can use to find quizzes according to book series, book author, young adult books, and a general literature category that includes quizzes on fairy tales. Don’t let the sparse menu on the landing page fool you – there are tons of quizzes on just about every children’s book imaginable.

Click on a category and a new page opens with a large menu of quizzes indicating the difficulty level of each quiz that ranges from easy to difficult. Choose the topic that interests you – and another page opens where you can select what format you want to take the quiz in – html or flash. Make your selection, and a new page opens where the quiz begins.

It’s fun to test your knowledge and memory of various story lines and characters that you have met in books! That said; parents have different criteria for what is suitable in terms of children’s literature. Therefore, as always, parents should preview this site before exploring it with your children.

Note: There are innumerable quizzes on many subjects at this site. We have only reviewed the Children’s Literature section for ClickSchooling. Again, parents should preview this site before exploring it with children.

Literature-Based Finance Lessons for Kids

November 29th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and time for

Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wise Pockets

(www.umsl.edu/~wpockets/schoolhouse/lessons/lessons.html)

Age Range: 8-11 (Grades 3-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website, provided by the University of Missouri, is designed to help classroom students in grades 3-6 become more knowledgeable about personal finance including saving, investing, and using credit.

The lessons and activities can be easily adjusted for homeschool students. What is unique here, is that personal finance concepts and lessons are taught through the use of children’s literature. Wise Pockets has selected books with themes that relate to money, and developed lesson plans and activities that extend the learning to help students become better money managers.

There are 13 book titles in all that include: 

  • The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble With Money by Jan and Stan Berenstain
  • The Leaves In October by Karen Ackerman
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Not for a Billion Gazillion Dollars by Paul Danziger
  • Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • and more!

Click on any title and a new page opens with a free, printable, classroom lesson containing objectives, detailed instruction procedure steps, activity sheets, and extension/enrichment recommendations.


Note: Although this website is designed for students ages 8-11, older students and adults may benefit from the information here as well.

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.

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