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Browse through the resources listed here. Find something to use in your classroom or with your own children.

Before you begin, however, note that some of these resources are found at gopher sites. These are print-only resources--no pictures.

  •, started by an elementary school teacher, has many resources for primary grade teachers. You will find shape book outlines and templates for research cards, as well as links to other children's sites. Best thing of all, the site is free to use, and you don't need to register! Added 3/21/00

  • The Academy of American Poets beckons you into the world of poetry. You can read or hear poems, learn through biographies of famous poets, or participate in discussions with other site visitors. Check out the poetry exhibits, especially "Serious Play: Reading Poetry with Children." Added 6/29/00

  • If you enjoy teaching fables to your class, look at the Aesop's Fables Online Collection. Boasting over 650 fables, you will be able to find Aesop's stories as well as pictures and fairy tales. Added 8/24/00

  • Animate Your World is a program based on Public Service Announcements (PSA) shown on Cartoon Network. This web site has seven "inspirations" (which can be presented with or without a videotape of the PSA) that inspire creativity and new ways of thinking about every day objects, which in turn can lead to great creative writing. Each "inspiration" has two lessons, each with a challenge for advanced students and a curriculum tie-in. These lessons could be used with a variety of grade levels. Added 1/20/00

  • ArtsEdge, which links "the arts and education through technology," has an online listing of lesson plans and unit ideas. This link will take you to the home page. Then click on either "web spotlight" or "curriculum studio" to find web sites or lesson plans.

  • AskERIC Lesson Plans for Language Arts can be found here. The lesson plans are divided by category. At this site, you can find lessons for different grade levels, as well as categories for different aspects of language arts such as reading, listening, speaking and writing.

  • Bibliomania, a love of books, can be pursued at this site. You will find html versions of classic fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reference materials. You are free to read works from the site, but materials cannot be used for commercial purposes. Added 7/31/00

  • The American Library Association has posted a digital counterpart to their Booklist magazine. Click on Books for Youth, and find reviews of fiction and non-fiction for older readers, middle readers and young readers. You can also sign up to receive the Booklist newsletter. Added 6/2/00

  • The Los Angeles Public Library has created a Books and Authors page for kids and adults. You will find links to author homepages (such as Virginia Hamilton and Jan Brett), children's literature awards pages and just plain fun! Added 2/5/01

  • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Guide offers interesting reviews of children's books along with ideas for activities that go along with the book. In addition, she offers ideas on how to use children's literature to teach other subjects, such as math.

  • CATEweb (the California Teachers of English website) publicizes writing contests for students of in grade 3 and up and for professionals. California teachers can get information on conferences, join the organization or read articles from the latest magazine. Added 2/16/00

  • The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement provides both practical ideas for and research on improving acquisition of early reading skills. You can also find links to other websites of interest. Added 9/28/00

  • Charlotte's Web is a classic for all ages. A second grade class in New York created a web site about the book. The site also links to other web resources for both teachers and students. This site has been chosen as a Blue Web'n learning site.

  • The Children's Literature Web Guide is a hotlist of links on various aspects of children's literature: lists of children's authors on the web, links to book awards and resource lists for teachers and students. The Authors on the Web page is fantastic, because it links to a wide variety of authors. Added 1/11/00

  • If your students are reading the Canterbury Tales or other works by Chaucer, you and your students should visit the Chaucer MetaPage. Find audio files of Chaucer's work, links to text versions and references to other medieval sites. This would be great for high school students. Added 11/30/00

  • The Classic Bookshelf is publishing electronic additions of classic literature, such as Shakespeare, Austen and Tolstoy. You can read the books on the website for free, or purchase a cd-rom with the editions. There are many books for both children and adults. This is a great option if there are not enough copies of a particular book for an entire class. Added 12/1/00

  • The Columbia Education Center has created a collection of Language Arts lesson plans which have been created by teachers. All grade levels are represented. The lessons are listed by title, and are text-only. This web site also links to Mathematics lesson plans. Added 1/18/00

  • If you are looking for reading comprehension exercises for your students, look no further than Comenius: Fluency Through Fables. Students read a short fable and then answer either vocabulary or reading comprehension questions. Added 2/01/01

  • The Communication Skills Writing Program, from Northern Illinois University, provides help in language and communication to teachers and students alike. Written for college students, the site would also be appropriate for juniors and seniors in high school. There are explanations of grammar rules, information on incorporating quotations and tips for tutoring students. The site is worth a visit just for the list of synonyms for "said." Added 3/14/01

  • Unsure whether to use who or whom? You can check at the Common Errors in English site, which lists words that many people have problems with. This would be a good resource site for middle and high school students to use when editing their work. Added 8/17/00

  • The goal of Connecting Students to is help teachers find quality websites for students to visit. While there are some lists of links, there are also lessons plans and a Harry Potter cyberguide. Appropriate resources for every grade level can be found at this site. Added 7/13/00

  • The Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature, created by a librarian, makes it easy for a teacher, librarian or parent to find quality children's books. For example, you can find books set in particular areas, books for certain ages or books that have won certain awards. This is an excellent resource.

  • Think you or your students have great vocabularies? Here is your chance to find out. Dillon's Online Vocabulary allows you to take vocabulary quizzes that are corrected online. This site would be good for literary middle school students, or for high school students who are preparing for the SAT. It's very challenging! Added 7/19/00

  • Electronic Books at Wiretap.Spies.Com has a huge collection of books! Aesop, Dickens, Morely, Doyle, Chaucer, Milton, Conrad, Verne, Twain, Hawthorne, Stevenson, Hardy, Scott - this site is a gold mine for language arts teachers. The collection is shown available in gopher format, which means there are no pictures or graphics on your screen. You click on a link to see the book or poem, which you can then print out if you want.

  • Microsoft and MSN present the Encarta Lesson Collection. You can search for a particular topic or browse through categories of lesson plans. Some categories, such as Language Arts, are subdivided into specific areas, such as story telling, literature or listening comprehension. Various grade levels are addressed.

  • The Encyclopedia Mythica has over 5,000 entries on mythological figures, creatures and places. This woudl be an excellent resource for older students, such as high schoolers, or for teachers doing research. However, the text on the page is somewhat small, so you might want to make the viewing size larger.

  • Jim Burke, an author and teacher, has created the English Companion as a resource for other English teachers. The English Companion has lists of literary and grant resources and articles, as well as links to sites with daily words, poems and history facts. The "Book Talk" area gives students a chance to summarize and recommend a favorite book, as well as giving other students a place to find new books to read.

  • English Exercises Online would be a helpful resource for teachers teaching ESL students or teaching students who need extra help with grammatical conventions. You will find handouts to copy and print as well as online exercises. The material is most appropriate for middle and high school students, as well as adult learners. Added 7/31/00

  • You can find the English Language and Literatures webpage from the University of Virginia's Center for the Liberal Arts. The project has collected resources for K - 12 English teachers. There are links for all grade levels, but many of the literature references are for teachers of older students. 1/30/01

  • Enhancing a Poetry Unit with American Memory, from the Library of Congress American Memory Fellows Program, gives ideas for writing "found poetry" based on life histories found in the collection of American Memory. This lesson/project would be great for 8-12 grades. Best of all, this site links to the American Memory Learning Page, with other lesson plans and programs. Added 1/12/99

  • Information from The Five Paragraph Essay can be used to help students at a variety of grade levels write. You can find references to writing prompts, graphic organizers, rubrics and editing guidelines. This site could be used with fifth grade through high school students. Added 9/5/00

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is a database of links to lessons and units in a variety of subject areas. You can search using keywords or subjects, such as Language Arts. You can also search for links related to a particular grade level. Added 1/31/00

  • Do your students need help learning the parts of speech? Let the Grammar Gorillas at lend a hand. Students play a game where they must identify a particular part of speech in a sentence. This would be very appropriate for 3 - 6 grade students. Added 8/18/00

  • Great Books Interdisciplinary Matrix features books titles arranged in a matrix. Books on science, art, book, music, and theater are shown throughout the literary periods of antiquity to modern. Check this site out!

  • The Harry Potter books have taken children by storm. Scholastic Books has created a site to give teachers and children information about the books, background on the author, and discussion guides. This would be an interesting site for children outside of school, too.

  • Shasta County Office of Education in California has compiled resources for the High School Exit Exam in English/Language Arts. Beginning in 2001, California students will be required to pass an exit exam to receive a high school diploma. The exam is based upon the California state standards. This year, ninth graders can voluntarily take the exam. Use these resources to start preparing your students now! Added 10/3/00

  • All of you high school teachers need to check out the High School Hub! This site is striving to be a portal (or starting point) for high school students using the Internet. Students will find subject area links as well as practice SAT questions, information on colleges and current event links. This is an excellent site. Added 4/24/00

  • Lesson Plans Across the Curriculum has an excellent section entitled Lesson Plans for Children's Books. You can scroll through the lists of books and find entries from Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain to Animal Farm. You will also find references to new teacher information, discipline and management tips and lessons for other content areas. Added 7/28/00

  • McREL, the Mid-continent Educational Laboratory maintains a site of Lesson Plans and Activities,with links to lesson plans in various content areas. Here is the language arts section.

  • The Library Spot links you to a many resources in a variety of areas. You can find links to Online Libraries, Almanacs, Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. This is a great site all teachers should bookmark. Added 4/24/00

  • Visit the Literary Fan Club website, to learn how to lead your students in a webquest. Written for seventh - twelfth graders, the webquest guides students in creating a literary fan club and writing several different forms of communication (a business letter and frequently asked questions (faqs), as well as encouraging reading. Added 1/22/01

  • Learn about alliteration and other forms of figurative language at Lyrical Lessons Online. The lessons explain a term or concept, and often provide examples for students to print out and work with (either by identifying the concept or by finishing a poem in a particular style). The site links to other resources. The Lyrical Lessons could be used with both elementary, middle school and high school students. Added 1/20/00

  • MCI Worldcom has joined forces with the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others, to create Marcopolo. This site's goal it to provide ". . . no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and the classroom . . ." Visit "EDSitement," which is the site devoted to literature and the humanities.

  • TIES Teacher to Teacher Center sponsors Mayan Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities: Language Arts. This site includes lesson plans and activities about the Mayan culture. Links from this site will take you to MayaQuest 1996. This would be an interesting site to use to integrate multiculturalism into language arts.

  • If your students are reading any Hemingway novels, you might want to visit Micheal Palin's Hemingway Adventure. The website is connected to a television program produced for PBS. On the website, you will find Hemingway links and lesson plans. Added 2/6/01

  • The University of Central Florida, North Carolina State University and SAS inSchool have joined forces to sponsor MidLink Magazine, an online magazine for students from 8-18. Students can publish work or read articles, and teachers can find resources and activities linked to each issue. There are even some short tutorials on using the Internet on the Teacher Resource Room. Added 2/2/000

  • The Neverending Tale is actually more than one tale that goes on and on. After reading the instructions, your students can choose a story, begin to read and then create their own adventure. At the end of every page, you choose the next step for the characters, or create your own. Added 2/22/00

  • The American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children award the John Newberry Medal every year to a children's author who makes an outstanding contribution to children's literature. You can print a list of all of the Newberry Medal winners from 1922-1999 at the Newberry Medal Home Page as well as information on some of the winners. The page also links to information on the winners of the Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award. Added 1/11/00

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  • If you are looking for a resource to help your or your students with writing and composition, you need to investigate Online Aids for Composing and Revising. You will find links to online tutors, grammar and style manuals and online reference works.

  • Online Book Repository is another collection of freely available books. The collection is shown available in gopher format, which means there are no pictures or graphics on your screen. You click on a link to see the book or poem, which you can then print out if you want.

  • Only A Matter of Opinion? is a 1999 ThinkQuest entry that explores persuasive and editorial writing. Your students will learn how to write a persuasive essay as well as learning vocabulary, logical thinking and analyzing editorial cartoons. There are also many links to other resources, such as a message board and assessment tools. This is an excellent site for high school students and teachers. Added 2/29/00

  • Outta Ray's Head is a collection of high school language lesson plans and resources. Ray is from Canada, and his site has received submissions from other parts of the world. Added 8/17/00

  • The Paradigm Online Writing Assistant can help you learn about types of writing (informal vs. argumentative essays) as well as editing and documenting your sources. This would be an excellent site for high school students who are writing essays and compositions. Added 8/17/00

  • If you are looking for a classical poem, visit The Poetry Archives. You can look at the Poet List to search by name, or use the search function to find poem titles. There's even a "Random Poem" choice, so you can be surprised. This would be a great site for high school teachers and students. Added 5/15/01

  • Poet Online is a site for people looking for interesting poetry. It is a commercial site, so there are links to places to buy products, but there is also information on 2 or 3 different types of poetry and a poetry contest. This would be a good reference site for middle or high school students who are looking for different poems. Added 9/28/00

  • Poetry Pals is a K-12 Student Poetry Publishing Project. Classes can register and then send in poems, which will then be added to the site. There are featured forms, such as cinquaine or haiku, or students can send in "free rein" poetry. Teachers can find lesson plans and other poetry sites here. And if you click on some of the flags on the beginning page, you might find student poetry from around the world! Added 1/20/00

  • Nancy Patterson, at Portland Middle School, is using hypertext and web pages to increase her students' understanding of and interaction with text. This website features some of the projects her students have created. Added 9/18/00

  • Project Gutenberg is "republishing" books by putting copies of them on the Internet for people to download for free. It is a great way to download literature. You find the work you are looking for, and then click on the link to download it to your computer to read or print out.

  • Read Across America is coming very soon, so you should visit this site today. Learn about the theme ("Oh, The Places You'll Go"), the basics and ideas for your own celebration. The Read Across America program is sponsored by the National Education Association. Added 2/22/01

  • The Los Angeles Times is working on an child literacy program entitled Reading by 9. At this site, you can find reprints of articles in the Reading by 9 series as well as resources, such as lists of quality children's literature and expert advice. This site would be helpful for teachers in the primary grades as well as teachers whose students need more help in reading. Added 2/1/00

  • Have you ever wondered what resources are available to help children read? Well, at Reading: Everybody's Business, you can find businesses who are working to build a nation of readers. Compiled by the Education Department, you can get contact information for various companies. Added 2/1/00

  • Reading Online is a journal published by the International Reading Association (IRA). Since 1997, the journal has highlighted practices and research in K - 12 classrooms. There is even a section entitled "The Electronic Classroom." This is an excellent resource for teachers. Added 2/22/01

  • The Reading Village, co-sponsored by TEAMS Distance Learning, Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University, provides resources and lesson plans for teachers. You can find links to standards, discussion groups and publication sites.

  • Now that you have created a great project for your students, how are you going to assess it? Here is a web page devoted to creating Rubrics for Web Lessons. This page links to other sites with information on rubrics, as well as a demo copy of rubric-creation software.

  • SchoolHouse Rock, a series of short, animated songs which appeared on television in the 1970's and early 1980's, taught a generation of students about nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Using this website, you can use the songs to teach a whole new generation of students! This website gives complete lyrics to the songs and links to audio and video downloads. The link below will take you to the high-graphics version of the site, but you can also access the low-graphics version from the initial webpage. Added 7/11/00

  • SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Education) Language Arts is sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education. This page links to California's standards, as well as to CyberGuides. CyberGuides are literature guides for books at each grade level that have student and teacher portions, standards, tasks, evaluation rubrics and web site URLs to visit.

  • Have you or your students ever spent valuable time trying to complete a rhyme? If so, the Semantic Rhyming Dictionary is for you! All you need to do is type a word in the search box, decide if you want a perfect rhyme or a matching end sound, and click submit. You will get a list of rhymes that are linked to an on-line dictionary, just in case you don't know what that one word means. Added 1/20/00

  • The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory hosts the official site for the 6+1 Traits™ of Writing. This method of teaching writing, in which students focus on six (or seven, depending) particular traits, such as voice, ideas, word choice and conventions. At this site, you can read information about the program, learn about workshops in various areas, and look at multimedia files of teachers in classrooms. This is an excellent site for all grade levels. Added 4/27/00

  • Small Planet, a communications company, lists lesson plans and resources on its web site. One section worth noting is the Book Club. Classes using the Book Club read a book together and discuss it in both small groups and as a whole class. The teacher can follow lessons provided by Small Planet, and the class can communicate with other students through e-mail and web pages. A book and video with background on the process is for sale from Small Planet, but you do not have to pay to be involved in the online discussions.

  • So You Have to Do a Research Project? is definitely written with students in mind! The site steps students through the process, from finding a topic to locating information, creating a paper or presentation and self-evaluation. The site is not very flashy, but would be extremely helpful. Added 9/25/00

  • The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has compiled a variety of Study Guides and Strategies for its students. High school students, however, would also benefit from the concise lists of suggestions for writing essays, thinking critically, reading/understanding essays and preparing for tests. Added 2/29/00

  • SurLaLune Fairy Tales site offers annotated versions of traditional fairy tales as well as illustrations and links to other versions of the same tale. The site is especially helpful for that reason, because one of the California content standards for language arts in fourth grade is to compare and contrast tales from different cultures. Added 11/3/00

  • Teachers Helping Teachers also provides good language arts lesson plans at this site. Lessons are presented with a suggested grade level.

  • is a resource for teachers and others. You can find fun sites for students (such as Fun Facts in the Lounge), lesson plans in the Classroom, or software titles and school supplies in the Store.

  • TEAMS Distance Learning, a part of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has compiled lesson plans for various subject areas. Check out the Language Arts links!

  • The Houghton Mifflin Company has provided an area called TeacherView, where teachers write reviews of children's books and give a related activity or two. The books are organized by grade level (K-8). This would be a great place to find new books to use in your classroom, as well as possible activities. Added 1/14/00

  • In addition to being the Norse god of thunder, THOR is also the name of the The Online Resource. You will find a list of online dictionaries, encyclopedias and a thesaurus or two. This would be an excellent site to bookmark for a classroom or library. Added 3/21/00

  • Cabrillo College, in California, has published Tools for College Writing, a web site for students in their basic writing classes. Topics include parts of speech, using the dictionary and the writing process as well as discussions about college and what is expected of students. The web pages use interesting vocabulary words, which are linked to dictionary definitions. This web site would be great for high school and college students. However, a teacher should probably provide guidance and supervision before using it with high school students. Added 1/5/00

  • Five sixth grade students, competing in the ThinkQuest Junior competition, published Tracking Creativity on the web. This site, which won the competition in 1998, is clear and easy to navigate. There are two super lesson ideas--one on odes and the other on idioms. This would be a fun site to share with students or use as a resource. Added 2/28/00

  • Traditional Grammar: an Interactive Book will help you learn the ins and outs of English language structure and syntax. This site includes interactive "quizzes" on each lesson. Middle and high school students would be greatly helped by this site. Added 6/26/00

  • The Lennox School District has created a searchable Unit of Practice Database for teachers to use. You can find units which integrate technology into language arts and other academic areas. For more information on Units of Practice, click here.

  • The Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus is fascinating--type in a word, and a visual mapping of related words will appear on your screen. You can change to part of speech, so words related to "work" the noun will change to words related to "work" the verb. The program is a java applet, so it will probably not run in older browsers (Netscape Navigator 1 or 2, or Internet Explorer 1, 2 or 3). You might want to read the instructions. Added 2/22/00

  • If you want to challenge your students and teach them some vocabulary, visit the Vocabulary University. You will find word puzzles for middle school and high school/college prep students. Once you have completed the puzzles, you can submit your answers to see if your answers are correct or not. Added 2/2/00

  • Wacky Web Tales, from the Education Place, are just like Mad Libs. Let students loose to add verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs and see how silly he stories become. This activity gives great practice on parts of speech, and links to a page about the various parts of speech. Added 11/6/00

  • WeRead is a great site for readers to listen to animated stories or learn about poetry. This site makes use of Flash technology for the animation, so you will need to have the Flash or Shockwave plug-in (for more information, click here). Students from first to fourth or fifth grades would enjoy this site. Added 9/19/00

  • Visit the Wild World of Words from the Alphabet Superhighway! Your students will be able to practice spelling, decoding and vocabulary. While some of the exercises are for young children, others would be challenging for elementary or middle school students. Added 2/1/01

  • The Write Site, developed by ThinkTVNetwork in Ohio, is designed for middle school students. The goal of the site is to improve student writing skills as they become journalists, while also encouraging a love of telling stories. Added 8/18/00

  • Writer's Workshop On-line Handbook is presented by the University of Illinois. This is a menu-driven reference work which, at present, contains information about bibliographic formats, grammatical rules, and writing techniques.

  • Writes of Passage is an online publication and list of resources for teenagers. Students can read short stories and poems by other teenagers as well as submit their own work. Writes of Passage could be a grerat motivating force in getting students to write.

  •, sponsored by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, offers a Daily Buzzword, where students can learn a new word a day. There is an archive for the Buzzwords and an on-line dictionary that students can build. This would be a good vocabulary-builder tool. Added 1/12/99

  • ZuZu is an online magazine that publishes chidrens' writing and pictures. Your students can submit poetry, stories, photographs and artwork. This would be an excellent way to encourage new or reluctant writers. Added 8/4/00

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