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From email to formal business reports, writing is a part of everyone's life. The ability to read and write are important basic skills. Beyond the basics, literature can connect us with different places and times. Use the following resources to explore the many online resources available on English and language arts.

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Professional Organizations, Standards, and Materials

American Library Association (ALA)
http://www.ala.org/
Professional organization with 64,000 members promotes the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

  • Great Sites - links to great online resources for kids

EdSiteMent from the Marcopolo Project
http://edsitement.neh.gov/
From the National Endowment for the Humanities, explore literature and language arts lessons and web resources for educators

International Reading Association (IRA)
http://www.reading.org/
A professional membership organization of over 300,000 dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

National Council of Teachers of English

ReadWriteThink from IRA and NCTE
http://www.readwritethink.org/
Tons of online, standards-based lessons, standards, and web resources - part of Marcopolo project


 

General English and Language Arts

Starting Points

42explore Projects
http://42explore.com
Background information and links to quality websites, activities, webquests, and teaching materials

Building Language for Literacy from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/index.htm
Resources for children and teachers

E-Server
http://eserver.org/
Starting point for all areas of English

English & Language Arts from HomeWorkSpot
Organized, annotated links

English Zone
http://www.english-zone.com/
Great English starting point

Journalism Resources
http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/
Great list of resources

Language Arts from the KidsHub
http://kidshub.org/kids/english.cfm
Links to quality resources, reference materials, and learning activities including word games, spelling, writing, and poetry

Language Arts from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/langhc.html
Information by category

Language Arts from Yahooligans
http://www.yahooligans.com/School_Bell/Language_Arts/
Links to resources for children and young adults

Literature & Authors from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/lithc.html
Information by category

Literature Ladders from Eduscapes
http://www.eduscapes.com/ladders/
Provides ideas for connecting books and Internet resources.

Mythology from the Multnomah County Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/mythhc.html
Information by category

Resources for Teachers

Annie's Rhyme Time from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/annie/index.asp
Resources for children and teachers

Arts & Literature from PBS' TeacherSource
http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/arts_lit.htm
Lessons for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Literature from Discovery School Lesson Plans Library
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/lit.html
Lesson for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Literature from Family Education Network's Teacher Vision
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-5817.html
Lessons, assessments, printables, and themes organized by Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Writing with Writers from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/
Resources for children and teachers

Writing Workshop from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/writing/
Resources for children and teachers

Web English Teacher***
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/
Presents K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities.

Resources for Young Adults

A+ Research
http://www.ipl.org/teen/aplus/
Many resources for students doing research

About: Poetry
http://poetry.about.com/
Great poetry links

Academy of American Poets
http://www.poets.org/
Read and listen to poetry. Also, learn about poets

All Readers
http://www.allreaders.com/
Helps you find a good book

American Verse Project from University of Michigan
http://www.hti.umich.
edu/a/amverse/
Explore American verse

Bartleby: Great Books Online
http://www.bartleby.com/
Online publisher of literature, reference, and poetry providing access to books and information, free of charge.
 
Bibliomania
http://www.bibliomania.com/
Great reasons on reading and literature

Electronic Literature Directory
http://directory.wordcircuits.com/
Directory to location electronic literature

Essay Writing
http://www.essaypunch.com/
Takes you through the steps in writing an essay

Literature: What Makes a Good Short Story?
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/literature/
Great online tutorial

Online Literary Criticism from Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
Explore literary criticism

Online Writing Lab from Purdue
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Tutorials and study materials

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - POWA
http://www.powa.org/
Help in writing

Teen Ink: Reviews Written By Teens
http://teenink.com/Reviews/
Book reviews by teens; send your reviews

TeenPoint for Writing and Reading Reviews
http://www.teenspoint.org/reviews/index.asp
Read and write reviews; send your reviews

Teen Reads
http://www.teenreads.com/
Read reviews and learn about books

Resources for Children

Berenstain Bear Country
http://www.berenstainbears.com
Learn about these famous bears

Clifford's Interactive Storybooks from Scholastic
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1/
Resources for children and teachers

Dr. Seuss's Seussville
http://www.seussville.com/seussville/
Lots of fun activities for children

Find a Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/
Locate the grave of a famous person

Giggle Poetry
http://gigglepoetry.com
Fun poetry examples, contests, and projects

Information Please Almanac: Biography
http://www.infoplease.com/people.html
Basic information about people

Language Arts Games for K-8 from FunBrain
http://www.funbrain.com/teachers/subj_lang.html
A wide range of online games for practice and thinking

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer
http://www.littlecritter.com/

Explore materials and activities to go with the Mercer Mayer characters

PBS Kids from PBS
http://pbskids.org/

Explore adventures in learning and reading with the following programs and others.

Stories to Grow By
http://www.storiestogrowby.com/
Online stories on a variety of topics

Story Hour
http://www.ipl.org/youth/StoryHour/
Stories for young children

Word Central
http://www.wordcentral.com/
Information, resources, and ideas for words and vocabulary


Biography

Starting Points

42explore Projects
http://42explore.com
Background information and links to quality websites, activities, webquests, and teaching materials

Biographies from the Multnomah Country Library
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/biohc.html
Organized, annotated links

Resources for Young Adults

ABCNEWS.com: Newsmaker Bios
http://abcnews.go.com/reference/newsmakers/newsmakers_index.html
People in the news

Biography.com
http://www.biography.com/search/
Based on TV program with short bios

Biography Dictionary
http://www.s9.com/biography/
Short descriptions

Born in Slavery from the Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html
Oral history project

Distinguished Women of Past and Present
http://www.distinguishedwomen.com/
Explore biographies of women

First Person Narratives of the American South from the Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/ncuhtml/fpnashome.html
Oral history project

Political Graveyard
http://politicalgraveyard.com/
Information about politicans

Presidents of the United States
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/
Information about US presidents

World of Science Biography
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/
Biographies of famous scientists

Rulers
http://www.rulers.org/
Information about rulers from around the world

Resources for Children

Find a Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/
Locate the grave of a famous person

Information Please Almanac: Biography
http://www.infoplease.com/people.html
Basic information about people


 

Related Resources and Materials

Academy of American Poets
http://www.poets.org/
Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry, this is the largest organization in the country dedicated to the art of poetry.

Children's Literature Web Guide (CLWG) by D.K. Brown
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/
Attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.

National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
http://www.famlit.org/
NCFL is recognized internationally as the leader in the field of family literacy, an innovative approach to meeting the educational needs of both children and their parents. By providing training for educators, researching effective practices, and raising public awareness, NCFL works to expand the learning opportunities for all families nationwide.

 

Funding for this project was provided through a grant from Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) from the US Department of Education.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Berhane Teclehaimanot, Principal Investigator & Professor, College of Education

Created 2/03. Last Updated 4/13.