Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

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.

Emily Dickinson Poems, Activities, Lessons

August 16th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 16, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Emily Dickinson Museum

(www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Emily Dickinson Museum website offers a view into the poet’s life, times, and work with free lessons, activities and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see the featured news and events, as well as the “Poem of the Week.” Below the poem you’ll find links to learn more about Dickinson’s poetry, family and friends, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Use the menu at the top of the page to explore the site including: 

  • Emily Dickinson – Read her biography, learn about her childhood, youth, and her writing. See pictures of her home and the room where she wrote over 1,000 poems
  • The Museum – Get an overview of the exhibits and the various Dickinson family properties that influenced Emily’s poetry.
  • Education – Click on “For Teachers” in this section to find suggestions on how to help students appreciate Dickinson’s poems. Look at the “Lesson Ideas” that explore language, interpret poetry, provide starter poems and writing assignments, and a set of lessons from the National Endowment for Humanities. You’ll also find “Fun and Games” – with coloring pages, puzzles, riddles, and the “Poem of the Week” word search activity.

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.

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

Fun Poetry Lessons & Activities for Kids

April 5th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Giggle Poetry

(www.gigglepoetry.com/index.aspx)

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

April is National Poetry Month! This website offers such a fun way to introduce kids to poetry. It provides free lessons and activities that will inspire the poet in your child. This site is designed with classroom teachers in mind, but most of the content can be tweaked for homeschool use as well.

When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of featured items in the center of the screen and a menu on the left that you can use to navigate through topics such as: 

  • Poetry Class – Use these easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to write funny poems in no time at all. Write poetry about feelings, songs, seasons – and learn to write limericks and haiku too.
  • Poetry Fun – Try to say some tongue twisters, learn to rhyme, and try your hand at fill-in-the-blank poetry.
  • Poetry Theater – Perform plays using a selection of popular and funny poems archived here.
  • Read & Rate – Find a selection of poems on topics such as summer fun, birthdays, yucky poems, love poems, food poems, scary poems and many more. Read the poetry and then rate it on the giggle meter.
  • Ask the Poet – Read the bios and get the scoop on your favorite children’s poets.

There is much more to explore at this site, so bookmark it to return often.

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.

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