Teaching Literature - Resources
Carol Hurst's site, in addition to book reviews, integrates books with themes, including math and science, and provides links for professional development.
Why we say OK
This video looks at the origin of the term OK, tracing how a cheesy joke from the 1830s became the most widely spoken word in the world.
A great introduction to Etymology.
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The Academy of American Poets provides resources to bring poetry to the classroom. Here you will find essays about teaching poetry, a roundup of relevant websites, and curriculum units and lesson plans for teaching poetry at the primary and secondary levels. Most of the lesson plans are aligned with Common Core State Standards.
Clive Thompson has an interesting take on Minecraft and games like it. In addition to instilling spatial reasoning, math, and logic, it also teaches something else: good old-fashioned reading and writing. How does it do this? The secret lies not inside the game itself but in the players' activities outside of it.
As John Dewey instructed us a century ago, "To get kids reading and writing, give them a real-world task they care about."
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Language Arts Resources page includes many links the Web to enrich the study of literature.
Awesome Library-Language Arts is a collection of hundreds of lesson plans, some better than others.
The American Writers series, developed by C-SPAN, offers many resources, especially in the modern period, but new technologies, such as streaming video of interactions among celebrities, for instance, and lengthy excerpts of authors' key works, are strengths of this site.
Poets' Org contains a listening room as well as biographies and links. This site is more representative of American poetry than others and is a good research launchpad.
Use these free English teaching and learning resources for English, Literature, and ESL classes.
Outta Ray's Head contains 250 very interesting lesson plans; in addition to Ray, lessons were developed and tested in classrooms. The literature and poetry sections are very good.
StudyGuide was created by Mrs. Adams, a teacher in Birmingham, Alabama. Lessons include how to write a research paper, note-taking, and examples from different genres.
The more a student can learn from an author the more she can develop a unique style.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Compilations of Lesson Plans
• Student Literature Sites (sampler)
• The National Endowment for the Humanities
• Answers for ESL Teachers and Foreign Language and Bilingual Education
• ESL Resources
• Whole Books OnLine