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.
The home page of this English literature teacher, Mr. Barsant, displays links to the original works taught and interesting examples of student HTML projects. For instance, various phrases in the poetry of T.S. Elliot are linked to explanatory sites on the Web. It also illustrates the outcomes of an online search in the humanities.
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.
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.
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.
Book Adventure serves as a children's librarian--book recommendations, other references, tips for parents and so on. It will be especially helpful for professionals in schools without updated libraries.
For integration of literature and social studies into Websites look at Web English Teacher.
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.
This site provides a forum for students to discuss books and other forms of literature with each other.
The more a student can learn from an author the more she can develop a unique style.
The Barsant site can serve as a creative exemplar of the integration of the Web into high school poetry. As a site of an individual teacher, a particular personality shines.
Many publishers include appealing resources for teachers and parents to encourage them to purchase products. These sites contain some of the higher quality inducements.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Cable Channel Internet Resources
• Compilations of Lesson Plans
• Encyclopedia and Reference Sites
• English Language Development Software
• Example Virtual Libraries
• International Libraries
• Networks for Teachers By Teachers (sampler)
• PBS and NPR Resources
• Practical Mathematics
• Student Literature Sites (sampler)