Archive for the ‘language arts’ category

Free, Daily, Current Events Lesson Plans

May 20th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The New York Times: The Learning Network

(www.nytimes.com/spotlight/learning-activities-for-students)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

The New York Times offers free lesson plans, writing prompts, activities for students and more – all based on The New York Times journalism.

When you get to the site you will see Activities for Students: 

  • Writing Prompts – Student Opinion Questions and Picture Prompts
  • Articles & Questions – Articles of the Day, Teenagers in the Times, and STEM Articles
  • Quizzes & Crosswords – Weekly News Quiz, Word of the Day, Country of the Week, and Student Crosswords
  • Multimedia – What’s Going on in this Picture?, Film Club, and What’s Going on in this Graph?
  • Contests – The 11th Annual Summer Reading Contest starts June 12.

You can access the news stories for free, and no registration is required.

Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation Resources

May 13th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ThoughtCo. – English

(https://www.thoughtco.com/english-4688281)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you haven’t checked it out, ThoughtCo. is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. It is “one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online.”

Today we are focusing on Language Arts. When you get to the website, you have a choice of English Grammar or Writing. There are lists and articles including: 

  • How to Choose the Right Word
  • 13 of the Longest Words in the English Language
  • The Most Beautiful-Sounding Words in English
  • A Guide to Deep Reading
  • 11 Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing
  • Guidelines for Using Capital Letters
  • 4 Rules for Using Commas Effectively
  • How To Organize a Descriptive Paragraph

And so much more!

Grammar Gorillas & More!

May 6th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FunBrain: Grammar Gorillas

(www.funbrain.com/games/grammar-gorillas)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

As we celebrate National Pet Week, today’s websites are centered around gorillas. It will have your kids swinging on vines…

Did you know that “Grammar Gorillas” is also a term used to describe any feature of grammar which people find particularly challenging? At this site, learn various parts of speech and grammar with this fast-paced, fun, and interactive game called “Grammar Gorillas.”

Most people don’t have pet gorillas. However, in Woodside, California there was a very unusual “pet” gorilla named Koko, who had learned to sign over 1,000 words and could also understand spoken English! Here are a couple of websites that feature Koko and her uncanny ability with language arts: 

Language Arts Games and Activities

April 29th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 29, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Story It

(www.storyit.com/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a variety of free Language Arts games, story starters, printable writing worksheets and other activities to encourage kids to read and write.

When you get to the website you’ll see the featured resources in the middle of the page including: 

  • Classic Children’s Literature – Read some selections online including The Ugly Duckling, Aesop’s Fables, Mother Goose nursery rhymes, and children’s poetry.
  • Story Starters – Print out worksheets with pictures and sentences that spark a student’s imagination so they can write a story.
  • Sight Words – Play interactive games for phonics reinforcement and sentence building exercises. Try non-violent hangman games to practice spelling and Dolch sight words. Improve vocabulary by making words with interactive letter tiles.
  • Shapes – Print lined writing sheets that are in the shape of critters, flowers, vegetables, seasonal and holiday objects, and more. Can be used for a wide variety of writing projects.
  • Coloring – Print out and color classic rhymes such as, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Be Nimble, Little Robin Redbreast, and more.

There are lots of resources here to enhance any language arts curriculum, hobby, or interest.

Free Journalism Courses

April 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 22, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

News University

(www.poynter.org/newsu/)

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation, this site offers over 100 journalism training courses (some that are free, others that are available for a fee) on writing and reporting, multimedia storytelling, ethics and values in journalism and much more. Professional journalists use this site for continuing education in their field.

When you get to the site, scroll down to the Course Catalog and choose from the topics including: 

  • Broadcast
  • Editing
  • Fact-Checking
  • Visual Journalism
  • Writing
  • and so much more!

You’ll find both paid and free courses relating to journalism including Self-Directed Courses, Group Seminars, Master Classes, Certificate Programs and Webinars.

Learn About Shakespeare – Online!

April 15th, 2020

 

It’s Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 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 was 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. Scroll down to “Why Study Shakespeare“? to start.

Back at the top, 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 trivia 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 homeschooling families. Bookmark this one so you can return often.

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