Posts Tagged ‘literature’

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.

Free Lesson Plans for Artist Studies

October 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories

(www.cuchicago.edu/artlessons)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Download art lesson plans from this website from Concordia University Chicago.

From the website: “Recognizing visual cues in a work of art as well as being aware of the times and conditions in which an artist lived enables students to better interpret its imagery, draw conclusions about its effectiveness, and speak critically about the art.” 

Lesson plans are broken down by grade level, with 10 plans for each level and each plan includes the following sections: 

  • About the Artist – brief biography of the artist
  • About the Art – and overview of artwork
  • Directed Observation – instructions for lesson plan implementation
  • Things to Do – projects and additional activities related to the artist or artwork
  • Discipline-Based Art Education – art concepts, elements of art, principles of design, composition, style, related literature and more

There are 80 different artists featured and, although they are grade-leveled, it appears that you could adjust the plans to fit any grade level.

This is a fabulous must-see resource for your art studies.

Online Interactive Storytime!

October 11th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Storyline Online

(www.storylineonline.net/)

Age Range: All (All grades – designed for children, with parental supervision, and entertaining for the whole family)

 

Bookmark this website now! This is a website where you can watch members of the Screen Actors Guild – yes, well-known actors and actresses – read stories and books aloud. Their skills at bringing the words on the pages to life engage audiences of all ages.

When you get to the site you will see a welcome message and a menu of book covers/titles below. Put your cursor over the book and you can see who reads it. You can also find the complete list by clicking on “Library” located at the top. Turn on your speakers, and click on a book to begin. You will be treated to a video of the actor reading the book, complete with illustrations, captions (so you can follow along), and a musical score to enhance the experience.

Once you are through watching and listening to the story or book, download and print out the “Activity Guide” that includes a book summary, reading and writing helps, and related activities.

We were completely captivated by the stories we sampled. This is a high-quality endeavor that blends literature and technology in a delightful way for readers and listeners of all ages.

Children’s Literature Arts & Crafts

September 13th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, September 13, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK – Children’s Book Breaks

(www.dltk-teach.com/books/index.htm)

Age Range: 4-10 (for pre-readers and early readers, Grades PreK-4, with parental supervision)

 

This is a massive arts and crafts website that offers free coloring pages and craft activities that correlate with children’s literature including books, fairy tales, fables and nursery rhymes. It’s a great way to extend the learning (and the fun!) after you read a story with your child.

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

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Curious George
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Nursery Rhyme Activities
  • Stone Soup
  • ~ and many more!

Click on any title and a new page opens where you’ll find printable coloring pages of the book characters and scenes, as well as craft activities such as instructions and printable templates for making puppets, felt board characters, story sequencing cards, and art projects of all kinds.

Be sure to click on: 

  • Book Report Ideas – Get free templates for making a book report and a diorama.
  • Home Made School Journals – Access free instructions and templates on how to make your own personalized journals and diaries.
  • Mini Books – Find an amazing array of printable alphabet stories, Bible stories, holiday stories, and some themed stories. You can also print out templates for making custom stories that are all about your child.

This site offers fun ways to enhance learning through blending reading, writing, and art!

Learn to Write by Listening to Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 23, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

LoudLit.org

(www.loudlit.org/)

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

 

LoudLit.org pairs great literature with high quality audio performances that you can read and listen to online or download to your device for free. 

As explained at the website: “Putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word.”

When you get to the site you’ll see the new and featured literature selections along with a menu of novels, poetry, children’s stories, historical literature, and short stories that include titles such as: 

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Raven
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Selected Shakespearean Sonnets
  • Briar Rose
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • And more!

Again, you can listen to the free audiobooks via your web browser or download them to listen on your mp3 player/iPad/iPhone.

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.

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