Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

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.

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 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.

Tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

April 26th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Shakespeare’s Globe

(www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/virtual-tour)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday! At this website, sponsored by Cambridge University, you can take a free, animated virtual tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and learn about Shakespeare’s plays as well as the life and times of the Globe Theater’s patrons.

This animation is engaging and we encourage you to click on each prompter that appears on the screen to enjoy the full experience and information provided here. If you do, you will begin to view Shakespeare’s productions in an entirely different way – based on the way people lived in the mid-1500’s in England. It provides incredible insight to some of Shakespeare’s individual works as well.

If this virtual tour inspires further interest in Shakespeare, don’t miss Shakespeare Online (www.shakespeare-online.com/). It provides a detailed biography of Shakespeare, access to all of his plays and sonnets along with analysis and fun quizzes!

Make Paper Toys

March 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 11, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paper Toys

(www.papertoys.com/)

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

 

This website provides free patterns that you can print, cut, fold and glue to make dozens of paper toys including architectural wonders, cars, animals, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the many patterns available including: 

  • Apache Helicopter
  • Bill Gate’s House
  • Bruce Lee Paper Doll
  • Dale Earnhardt NASCAR #3
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Great Pyramid
  • Jimi Hendrix Guitar
  • Party Hat
  • Queen’s Crown
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

Click on any one and a new page opens with the pattern to print along with instructions on how to assemble it.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! From the menu on the left side of the home page, under the advertisement, download the free e-book “22 FUN Activities for Kids.” This well-designed e-book includes colorful illustrations and instructions that your kids will love including: 

  • Build A Tent City
  • Make Scratch Pictures
  • Make Soap Sculptures
  • Make Pinecone People
  • Make Water Globes
  • Make A Sock Puppet
  • Make A Friendship Bracelet

…and many more!

These are great indoor activities for bad weather days – plus, many of the projects make great gifts! Have fun!

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