Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

History through Legends

August 25th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, August 25, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Best of Legends

(bestoflegends.org/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Today’s website is one woman’s creative endeavor to plot the historic trail of swashbucklers, dragon-slayers and other characters featured in ballads, fiction, fairy tales and film. Not only does it provide historic background for characters like Robin Hood and King Arthur, but it provides interactive access to primary source documents and current scholarly opinion through essays and reviews.

The site is filled with thoughtful historic commentary about the tales that have intrigued humans for hundreds of years and you can even read the stories in multiple versions and interpretations for free online.

When you get to the website you will see a brief introduction. Use the menu to explore categories of interest including: 

  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • Beowulf
  • Pirates & Privateers
  • Ballads & Broadsides
  • Swashbucklers & Fops
  • Fairy Tales
  • Shakespeare’s Stories
  • Sagas & Sea-Kings
  • Paladins & Princes
  • Poets & Painters
  • Erin & Alba

This is a truly remarkable archive. As always, parents should preview the site and the stories to determine suitability – remember, that even some fairy tales in their original form deal with potentially frightening issues of loss and death in addition to joyous and redemptive themes. While the tales will entertain older elementary and middle school students, the research is geared for high school ages and beyond. This site presents the history of legend and lore, and brings it alive with tales full of “romance, adventure and panache.”

Grammar & Writing Lessons & Activities in PowerPoint

June 1st, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pete’s PowerPoint Station: Language Arts

(languagearts.pppst.com/index.html)

Age Range: 5-17 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

The amazing teacher and internet lesson provider Mr. Donn has collaborated with artist Phillip Martin to bring students, parents, and teachers this extensive archive of PowerPoint lessons and activities on every facet of Language Arts.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of free presentations in PowerPoint format and interactive online lessons and games that includes: 

  • Reading – ABCs, phonics, Dolch Words, comprehension, story maps, spelling and more.
  • Literature – Author studies, myths, fairy tales, Shakespeare, classics, etc.
  • Poetry – Haiku, cinquain, and limericks.
  • Theatre, Drama – Scene design, stagecraft, acting, free scripts and plays, etc.
  • Grammar – Parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, subjects and predicates, and more.
  • Punctuation – Capitalization, commas, colons and semicolons, apostrophes and more.
  • Word Analysis – Root words, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms, analogies, similes, metaphors, more.
  • Writing – Outlines, paragraphs, essays, story starters, reports, and all manner of writing including expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, technical, and creative. Learn about active and passive voice, writing letters and emails, note-taking, proofreading, citation and more.

Click on any one and a new page opens with a menu of PowerPoint and Interactive Lessons on that topic for a variety of age/grade ranges along with tips for educators as well. Then, click on a topic of interest and a new page opens that launches the program.  

But wait, there’s more! This website offers PowerPoint and Interactives for every subject. You heard us. Go to the home page and see for yourself at http://www.pppst.com/index.html

This is one of the most comprehensive resources we’ve seen for free learning material. Who says you can’t homeschool for free?

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.

Museum Without Walls Audio Exploration

February 5th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, February 5, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum Without Walls Audio

(museumwithoutwallsaudio.org/)

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

 

Take an audio virtual tour of Philadelphia’s public art with the aid of this website from the Association for Public Art.

Select from more than 60 sculptures such as: 

  • Abraham Lincoln by Randolph Rogers
  • Areo Memorial and Duck Girl, by Paul Manship
  • Charioteer of Delphi
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial by Hermon Atkins MacNeil
  • Cowboy by Frederic Remington
  • Deinonychus by Kent Ullberg
  • Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial – various artists, all terraces
  • General Galusha Pennypacker Memorial by Henry Baerer
  • Frank L. Rizzo Monument by Zenos Frudakis
  • General Ulysses S. Grant by Daniel Chester & Edward C. French & Potter
  • Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet
  • John Wanamaker by John Massey Rhind
  • Lion Crushing a Serpent by Antoine-Louis Barye
  • Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs by Nathan Rapoport
  • Rocky by A. Thomas Schomberg
  • Smith Memorial Arch by various artists
  • The Lion Fighter by Albert Wolff
  • The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther by August Kiss
  • The Thinker by Auguste Rodin
  • Washington Monument by Rudolf Siemering
  • Major General George Gordon Mead, Shakespeare Memorial, Swann Memorial Fountaine, William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder
  • And much more!

What makes this resource unique is that it provides audios narrated by various people describing the work of art, its history, and more related interesting information. Not only can audios can be downloaded or a free smartphone app accessed for those lucky enough to visit the sites in person, but there are also audio slideshows on the website that include narrated videos and images of the locations. There are also a few lesson plans available for download.

This virtual tour will be a great addition to your history and art studies.

[ClickSchooling] Folger Shakespeare Library

January 27th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and time for Language Arts 
at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Folger Shakespeare Library

(www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=588)

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

 

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers this fun website that introduces kids to Shakespeare through fun games and activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see an icon menu that includes: 

  • Words, Words, Words – Unscramble letters to reveal words from Shakespeare’s plays, learn new vocabulary by discovering the meaning of “Weird Words” in Shakespeare’s works. Try creating Shakespearean insults or compliments. Learn some common idioms that originated in Shakespeare’s plays. Print out scripts for plays and perform scenes at home.
  • Shakespeare’s Life – Learn trivia about Shakespeare’s life and times.
  • Shakespeare Challenges – Answer trivia questions about Shakespeare’s plays, or read a quote and try to guess which character said it.
  • Who Am I? – Use clues to identify characters from Shakespeare’s plays.

Want to have a little more in-depth fun? For historical perspective, be sure to click on the links to “Discover Our Collection” and “Queen Elizabeth.”

When you are finished here, go to the menu at the top and click on “Teach and Learn”. Under “Classroom Resources” you’ll find numerous teaching modules that offer dynamic ways to approach these complex texts.

Free Classic Audiobooks

November 4th, 2015

 

It’s Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeClassicAudiobooks.com

(freeclassicaudiobooks.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free classic audiobooks that you can download and listen to. There are over 50 titles in MP3 files or M4B for iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes.

Some of the titles include: 

  • Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • Treasure Island by R. L. Stevenson
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by W. Irving
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Dorothy and the Wizard by L. Frank Baum
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Click on any title and a new page opens with a Wikipedia summary of the book, and links to download the material. Depending on the size of the file it may take several minutes to download. If you select the MP3 file, once downloaded, the audio book will launch and begin playing automatically. There are no pictures or text – just narration. So, if you have one of these classic books, you may want to use it and follow along as the narrator reads the story.

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