Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

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.

Fun Renaissance Interactive!

October 26th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Renaissance Interactives

(www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is part of the extensive Learner.org resource for teachers. It offers an interactive exploration of the Renaissance (14th-16th centuries) – a time of scientific, artistic, economic, political and social rebirth as Europe (and Italy in particular) emerged from the Middle Ages.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction. Navigate this interactive by using the menu on the left that includes: 

  • Out of the Middle Ages – Learn how the bubonic plague (aka “Black Death”) resulted in a new middle class population, the resurgence of city living, and a new economy. Click on links to primary source documents, museum exhibits, and more.
  • Exploration and Trade – Find out how scientific improvements in navigation tools and cartography led to advancements in exploration and trade. Don’t miss the interactive, “Become a Spice Trader” and find out if your trading skills will lead to riches or ruin.
  • Printing and Thinking – Discover how Gutenberg’s printing press forever changed the lives of people worldwide as they transitioned from papyrus to paper. It launched a rebirth of classical studies in Latin and Greek, and led to the emergence of “The Humanist Philosophy” and also the Protestant Reformation.
  • Symmetry, Shape, & Size – Explore Renaissance architecture and music. See how the merging of art and science affected mathematical perspective and consequently Galileo’s work in astronomy, Fibonacci’s numbers, and more.
  • Focus on Florence – Find out why this Italian city was a focal point of the Renaissance period. Meet the Medici family. Learn about the spiritual and religious beliefs that were prevalent. Discover the art of Botticelli and Michelangelo.

In every section you’ll find links to additional resources to explore. A few links lead to error messages, but most of them work. That said, if you click on the links you’ll visit other websites that we have not reviewed. So parents, as always, should preview and determine suitability of content.

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.

Math Video Lessons, Activities, & More

January 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Monday, January 23, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WatchKnowLearn.org

(www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=81)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The goal of this website is to collect all the best free educational videos made for children that explain every topic taught in schools including math, in every major language on Earth – and make them available on one website, usefully categorized according to subject and education level.

When you get to the site you’ll see two sections. The “Mathematics” section is on the right side of the page (the Directory to the rest of the site is on the left). Under the math section you’ll see some featured math videos, as well as a menu of math subcategories that include: 

  • Mathematics for Young Learners
  • Number Sense
  • Money
  • Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Fractions, Decimals, Percentages
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Logic and Set Theory

Click on any subcategory and a new page opens featuring the videos that have been archived to date. The videos are all free for viewing. The videos are moderated by WatchKnow to ensure appropriate content. 

To share videos, you must open an account (free) that also allows you to track your activities and enter contests. As I mentioned, this site also contains lots of useful video lessons on other topics including: 

  • Language Arts
  • Literature
  • Science
  • History
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics
  • And more!

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

May 18th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 18, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare Online

(www.shakespeare-online.com)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers all of Shakespeare’s works online along with articles and analysis of his life and works – and much more.

The site is produced by Amanda Mabillard who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alberta in Canada and focused on Shakespeare and Renaissance political philosophy in both undergraduate and graduate school. She also happens to be the Shakespeare Guide on About.com, so some of her articles link to material posted there.

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured content in the center of the screen including a link to “Why Study Shakespeare”?

Use the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis, plots, a biography of Shakespeare scholars, and a fun selection of Shakespeare quizzes.

Use the menu on the right side of the screen to get the answer to the question of the day, see the featured quote, the word of the week, and more.

The content here is comprehensive and a terrific resource for homeschool families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

Discover the Philosopher of the Week

January 14th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, January 14, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kid’s Philosophy Slam – Philosopher of the Week

(www.philosophyslam.org/week_fin.html)

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

 

The Kids Philosophy Slam is an annual philosophy essay contest for kids in grades K-12 (homeschoolers are welcome). The entry deadline for 2016 is March 4th and the topic is “Imagination or Knowledge: Which has a greater impact on society?”.

At their website you will find the entry rules – along with some resources that you can use whether you enter the contest or not.

To help kids ponder the really meaty questions in life, the website offers, “The Philosopher of the Week.” Each week the website highlights the biography of a philosopher, explains their particular view of the world, and offers discussion questions as well as links to other websites to get more information.

When you get to today’s website, you will see this week’s featured philosopher. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page you will find links to other philosophers that have been featured including Confucius, Camus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Locke, and Rousseau.

Philosophy isn’t a typical subject taught in elementary school or high school – but this site does a good job of making these thinkers and their thoughts available to students to help them unlock their own intellectual and creative potential.

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