Posts Tagged ‘literature’

Tune In to Audio Literature Masterpieces

June 29th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

LoudLit.org

All grades, 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.

Biographies & Literature From Your Favorite Authors!

June 1st, 2022

It’s Wednesday, June 1, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

The Literature Network

(www.online-literature.com/author_index.php)

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 author 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.

No Fear Shakespeare

May 18th, 2022

It’s Wednesday, May 18, 2022, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Barnes & Noble: SparkNotes.com: No Fear Shakespeare

(www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/)

Grades 9 & up approximately, with parental supervision

This ad-supported website, created by SparkNotes whose mission is “to help you make sense of confusing schoolwork,” offers a free translation of Shakespeare’s works into modern-day language. You can actually see Shakespeare’s works side-by-side with a translation into the kind of English people actually speak today.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a list of Shakespeare’s works including:

  • As You Like It
  • Hamlet
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • And much more!

Click on any title and a new page opens with the table of contents of that particular work. Click on any Act/Scene and a new page opens displaying the original text and the modern text.

This is a terrific resource tool that promotes understanding and makes this literature more accessible.

Favorite Language Arts Lesson Plans

February 2nd, 2022

National Council for Open Education: EduRef – Language Arts

(eduref.org/lessons/language-arts)

Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision

This website consists of contributions from teachers sharing their favorite language arts lesson plans.

When you get to the site, you can get right to any lesson plan listed. Or you can choose a category from the right sidebar including:

  • Alphabet
  • Grammar
  • Literature
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Speech
  • Spelling
  • Story Telling
  • Vocabulary
  • and more

Each lesson plan has an age range followed by the lesson plan. You can even print them out to refer to as needed.

Winter Themed Language Arts Lessons

January 26th, 2022

Education World: A Blizzard of Winter Lessons

(www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/A-Blizzard-of-Winter-Lessons.shtml)

Grades K-6, with parental supervision

Education World has shoveled up A Blizzard of Winter Lessons – Brrr! Today we are focusing on language arts – but there is a lot more to see.

Check these out:

  • Snow Activities (K-6 ) – includes snow literature
  • Winter and Children’s Literature from Carol Hurst
  • Frosty Reader Online Activities (K-4)
  • Winter Activities from Alphabet Soup (K-2) – includes songs, poems and finger plays
  • TeacherView: Activities for Teaching The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (K-3)
  • The Snowy Day Activities (K-3)
  • Meeting in the Mitten WebQuest (based on Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten (K-3)

And lots more!

Literature Studies for Middle & High School

January 19th, 2022

Glencoe Literature Library

(www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/)

Grades 6-12 approximately, with parental supervision

This website is a great place to get free and comprehensive literature study guides for a variety of notable books.

When you get to the site you’ll see an alphabetical menu of book titles. Simply click on the book of interest to you and a new page opens containing a brief synopsis of the book, related readings, and a link to the downloadable Study Guides (about 25-35 pages) in PDF format. Some of the book titles are:

  • Animal Farm
  • Beowulf
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Great Expectations
  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • and many more!

Click on the “Study Guide” and the PDF file opens (it may take a minute to fully download). The Study Guide is comprehensive for each book and includes classroom activities that can be easily tweaked for individual use including:

  • A Focus Activity
  • Vocabulary Preview
  • Notes for Character Summarizations
  • Questions that Prompt Literature Analysis
  • Writing Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Connections to Science, History, and Social Studies

All of this is neatly formatted so that you can print out the activity pages separately or as an entire unit. The beauty here is that you can pick and choose the items that help your students get the most out of their reading experiences.

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