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Language Arts Lessons & Helps

Books, Stories, Poems, & Myths Online (including many classics) |General Language Arts Links | Grammar & Writing Lessons & Helps | Literature Units | Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Reading & Study Skills

Books, Stories, Poems, & Myths Online (including many classics)

Bartleby Online includes general reference books such as the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, Bartlett's Quotations, Simpson's Quotations, American Heritage Book of English Usage, Fowler's King's English, Mencken's Language, Strunk's Style, The King James Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Post's Etiquette, Sapir's English, Art of Reading, Art of Writing, Brewer's Dictionary, Robert's Rules of Order, Brewer's Phrase & Fable, Bulfinch's Mythology, & Frazer's Golden Bough. They also have verse & fiction including Oxford English Verse, Yale American Verse, British Poetry, American Poetry, Metaphysical Poems, The Golden Treasury, George Chapman, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, G.M. Hopkins, A.E. Housman, John Keats, D.H. Lawrence, E.L. Masters, E. St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, Siegfried Sassoon, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Gertrude Stein, Robert Loius Stevenson, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, The Short-Story, Ghost Stories, Sherwood Anderson, John Buchan, Willa Cather, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Agatha Christie, F Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles & Mary Lamb, Sinclair Lewis, Herman Melville, Eugene O'Neill, Bernard Shaw, J.M. Synge, Booth Tarkington, H.G. Wells, Edith Wharton, & Virginia Woolf. They also have a section of non-fiction. They are constantly adding new materials, so check back often!

The Children's Literature Web Guide is a great place to find out more about various authors, recommended reading lists, stories on the web, & just about anything else that can be connected to the topic!

Donna's Home Page has ideas & worksheets you can use for building vocabulary, putting words in alphabetical order, & directions for making a word book. Also, if you check out her Homeschool Forms page, you will find handwriting charts for both D'nealian & Zaner-Bloser, printing readiness sheets, book report forms & logs, journaling pages, & grammar pages covering irregular verbs, helping verbs, & prepositions.

Marilee's Online Picturebook Links is broken down into the following subjects: Picturebooks By Children, Picturebooks By Adults, & Other Stories, Legends, Poems.

Internet Classics Archive features over 441 works of classic literature by 59 different authors. These are mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation. It includes classics, such as Homer, as well as the writings of Julius Caesar & Confusious.

Marilee's Picturebook Links is broken down into the following catagories: Sites You'll Love, Author/Illustrator Links, Multi-Author Links, Recommended Books Lists, Online Picturebooks, & Other Stories, Legends, Poems.

PinkMonkey.com is aimed at high school and college students. It includes a Digital Library of over 2,000 classic books and literary documents, literature notes, course guides, test prep for the SAT's & ACT, and a message board.

Project Gutenberg has literaly hundreds & probably thousands of pieces of literature online whose copyright has run out. You can find tons of free books here!

Spectrum Library is made up of online poems, stories, & fiction.

Kids Space (formerly thekids.com) is a place to explore illustrated stories from around the world through rhymes, fables, adventure stories, and folk & fairy tales. There are actual stories online, discussion areas, and, in the Kids Stuff, you can write stories, play games, vote on the stories, & more.

The World As We Knew It Links offers a listing of collections of books that are published on the web. They are broken down by author & then title.


General Language Arts Links

Awesome Library's Language Arts Worksheets has several links to printable worksheets you can use to teach literature, writing skills, & grammar.

Ed's Oasis lets you know about sites that are interactive or full of extensive information.

Electronic Teaching Assistance Program has tutorials for K-12 Language Arts that cover concepts such as phonics, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, listening & speaking skills, genre, literary criticisms & more! There are several links from each lesson for practice. You have to register to use this site, but registration is free.

freeworksheets.com (formerly School Express Free Worksheets) has preschool, language arts, phonics, reading, & sentence & story writing worksheets that you can print out.

Funschool.com is a site with interactive educational games. It is free & there is nothing to download. It covers concepts from pre-k through 6th grade.

Hutt's Reading & Language Skills has lots of links to lesson plans & helps!

Language Arts Lesson Plans and Resources contains links to lesson plans and resources for teaching literature, reading, spelling, writing, journalism, communication, debate, and drama. There is a particularly large collection of children's literature lesson plans, including many for specific children's books.

Learning with Mysteries includes lesson plans, discussions, & links to integrate mysteries into your curriculum.

M Tech allows you to make your own worksheets to print out online or check out that archives & use one of those!

PrestonSpeed's Navigate the Net Language Arts Page offers some great links for teaching phonics, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, & literature.

ProTeacher: REading & Language Arts includes various lesson plans for elementary aged kids.

Quia! allows you to create your own learning games or play some that others have already created.

The RHL School has worksheets for English basics, reading, & reference skills.

Sassafrass Grove Reading, Writing, Spelling, & Grammar has lots of great links broken down by subject & info on software.

Scholastic.Com Classroom Activities & Reproducibles has worksheets & activities you can print out in reading, phonics, spelling, & writing for grades 1 - 6.

Time for School currently working on language & poetry activities & worksheets you can print out for grades pre-k - 3.

Tutorial World has free worksheets for grades 1 - 6.

Zoom School Archives has 2 language arts activities listed: Rebus Rhymes & the Little Explorers (picture dictionary) in English, English-French, English-German, English-Portuguese, or English-Spanish.


Grammar & Writing Lessons & Helps

Daily Grammar will either send you a grammar lesson each day by e-mail or you can view the archives at this site.

Educational Explorers Language 101 is broken down into 50 weekly lessons in a printable worksheet format that include spelling similes, thesaurus & dictionary use & writing activities. There are 2 sample lessons online, and they now charge you to get the rest.

Funbrain offers 6 online language skills game for reinforcing grammar, spelling, & vocabulary.

Grammar Rock, part of Schoolhouse Rock, has songs for remembering the parts of speech.

Guide to Grammar & Writing includes tutorials, FAQ's, interactive quizzes, & more!

OWL - Online Writing Lab includes lots of info on how to teach writing skills.

Wacky Web Tales Remember Mad Libs? Well, here is an interactive web version!


Literature Units

A Little Shakespeare Anyone - Linda's Homeschool Page has ideas, including book suggestions, for teaching Shakespeare to younger kids.

Authurian Resources on the Net is a great page for finding more info on King Arthur if you want to make it a full blown unit.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site includes book reviews & literature studies.

The Children's Literature Web Guide is a great place to find out more about various authors, recommended reading lists, stories on the web, & just about anything else that can be connected to the topic!

Classical Christian Poetry is a collection covering the Elizabethans thru contemporary poems. There is also a search engine in which you can put a line from a poem & find it.

The Doucette Index allows you to search for literature units based on books. Just put in the author and/or title & it will search for both print & web-based units. There is an option to just search for online units.

FreeBooknotes.com remember Cliff Notes? Well here is the next best thing online & free! They have cruised the web & indexed sites that have study notes for over 200 novels so far.

Interactive Assessment Worksheets has reading, comprehension, & vocabulary worksheets for Matilda & Danny the Champion of the World.

Magic Treehouse Teacher's Guides offers lesson plans for this series from Mary Pope Osborne. They are a great introduction to history & science for kids in grades K - 3. The kids might want to check out Random House Teacher's Resource Center has teacher guides for a portoin of their juvenile literature.

Scholastic's Harry Potter Homepage offers study guides & puzzles for each of the books in the series.

Spectrum Library has 2 activities that go with the Harry Potter books: Allstar Dream Cast allows you to cast the Harry Potter movie and Reality vs Fantasy which uses these books to explore the differences.

Teacher's Lounge at SimonSays.Com is Simon & Schuster's site of lesson ideas for various books from children's historical fictions through using horror books.

WWWishbone.com includes info on the episodes, books, fun things for the kids, & lesson plans.

World As We Knew It Links offers a collection of lesson plans & activities based on various children's books. They are broken down by author & then title.


Phonics, Vocabulary, Reading & Study Skills

Book Adventure "is a free, non-profit, kid-oriented, on-line reading program designed to encourage students in grades K-8 to read more often, for longer periods of time, with greater understanding."

BookTV.org is the companion site to Book TV on C-Span2.

The Children's Literature Web Guide is a great place to find out more about various authors, recommended reading lists, stories on the web, & just about anything else that can be connected to the topic!

Classical Christian Education 1000 Good Books List allows you to find reading lists by age or author.

College Bound Reading List Compiled by Arrowhead Library System is a suggested reading list for college bound students.

Education 4 Kids (formerly Flashcards for Kids) is an online, interactive site which has a games covering vocabulary & the alphabet.

Educational Explorers Language 101 is broken down into 50 weekly lessons in a printable worksheet format that include spelling similes, thesaurus & dictionary use & writing activities. There are 2 sample lessons online, and they now charge you to get the rest.

Fairfax County Department of Instructional Services is the place to check out if you are looking for public school summer reading lists for grades 6 - 12.

Funbrain offers 6 online language skills game for reinforcing grammar, spelling, & vocabulary.

The General Catalog of Old Books and Authors is a listing of books whose copyright has run out that you can find published on the net.

The Icpac Guide to Better Study Skills & Real Learning can be a real help in practicing these skills. They are aimed at school kids but can easily be adopted for the home.

Katy I.S.D. Spelling has spelling lists for grades 1 - 5.

Pizza Hut Book It Program is a great incentive for reading & is open to homeschoolers!

Read With Me offers tips, links, & info on getting your child to be a lifelong reader.

The Riggs Institute, the company that created "The Writing Road to Reading," has information about teaching phonics.

Room 108 includes a spelling section of interactivities & animated stories for 1st & second graders.

A Selection of Latin and Greek Roots, Combining Forms, Words, and Prefixes is a complete textbook online for teaching vocabulary.

Study Guides and Strategies includes lots of ideas & lessons for studying, reading skills, & writing skills.

Tell me More! Information about Children's Authors & Illustrators, and their Books I think the title says it all!

Valder Phonics Program is currently putting up lessons for teaching your child to read.

Comenius English Language Center is aimed at people who are learning English as a second language, but they have reading comprehension exercises that are helpful - the Fables & Idioms.

Word Parts offers some roots for vocabulary study. Many of them are pulled out of the Harry Potter series.


If you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like to add, please feel free to e-mail me!

Enjoy!


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