The Written Word, Reading and Language

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Article - ABC's of Beginning to Read, by Penny Gardner
A relaxed and reassuring article about the process of helping children learn to read - written by a former teacher, and mother of six, who is a proponent of the Charlotte Mason approach to education.

Growing a Writer, by Miranda Hughes
Learning to write is more complicated - and yet easier - than we often realize. This thought provoking article sheds some light on the whole process of how children learn to write

Artist and children's book author Jan Brett’s Site
Lots of beautiful pictures to print out - and fun projects to make, such as bookmarks, stationery, and books.

Articles about Reading: "Home Education Magazine Takes a Closer Look at Reading"
An annotated list of links to quite a few very helpful articles about reading, as well as links to special resources for reading.

Articles about Writing: "Home Education Magazine Takes a Closer Look at Writing"
An annotated list of links to quite a few good articles about writing, as well as links to special resources for writing.

Bare Books
Blank books, game boards, book marks, puzzles, calendars, and more - for children to fill in with their own writing.

Book Adventure
FREE reading motivation program for children (K-8). Children create their own book lists from over 6,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.

The On-Line Books Page
A directory of thousands of books that can be freely read right on the Internet!

The Brain and Reading
This onlline PBS video, Reading and the Brain, explores "how brain scientists are working to solve the puzzle of why some children struggle to read and others don't. Startling new research shows the answer may lie in how a child's brain is wired from birth."

Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site
Describes a number of interesting and colorful children’s books, and suggests how they can be used in creative ways. A very useful site with annotated lists of quite interesting children’s literature that can be used to learn about the sciences.

Children’s Book Awards and Other Literary Prizes
This extensive list includes major book awards and best books lists in children's literature and young adult literature - as well as awards for nonprint media such as computer software or video for children and young adults.

Children's Books & Literature
Alhough this site is designed for the purpose of renting books, it has lots of excellent annotated links to informative websites about children's literature for preschool through high school ages.

Children’s Literature Web Guide
A categorized collection of the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.

Children's Literature Weblog
Information and resources about reading and writing children's literature, including writing tips, book and game ideas, games, and links to a number of other informative sites.

Children's Picture Books - many for older children as well!
Lists and descriptions of great picture books, some of which can beautifully introduce concepts in math, science, and other subjects.

An informative online catalog of books and inspiration, specializing in "items to support families in raising their children in love, reverence, and joy to be reverent, loving caretakers of each other and of the earth."

Common Errors in English
A fun site with a long list of common errors like: "You’ve got another thing coming" instead of "You’ve got another think coming."

Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Online text of his works, plus information and links to related sites.

Crazy Libs!
Read brief stories with your words strategically inserted to produce whacky results. Original stories, excerpts from classic literature, and excerpts from elsewhere are featured.

Cyberguides: California Teacher Guides & Student Activities
Supplementary, standards-based, units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Student and teacher editions.

Create a comic strip: MakeBeliefsComix
Create and print your own comic strip - it's easy and fun with this comic strip generator, using English or Spanish, cute characters, and story ideas.
A "Word of the Day" email service; plus fun & games, puzzles, thesauraus, Web Director, writing resources (grammar, usage, style guide, etc.); and more.

Elements of Style
Principles of written composition, as written by William Strunk Jr.

Embracing the Child - Literature for Learning and Shared Reading
This beautiful and extensive web site is one of the most wonderful resources online. ETC's approach addresses the whole child with these rules: Act consistently on the conviction that everyone wants to read, everyone has the right to read, and everyone will read at their own pace. No one will feel intimidated or discouraged, and no one will be "left behind." Focused on children’s and young adults books "that promote and encourage values and self esteem, build character, ignite visual and linguistic opportunities of knowledge; appreciate the awe of nature; embrace our uniqueness..."

The English Grammar and Style Theme Page
Has good links to information about English Grammar and Style - with references and resources.

Fairosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature
Fabulous site with articles, reviews, discussions, online books and stories, and wonderful links.

An online dictionary game: guess the meaning of the word and find out the correct answer. K-2, 3-5, and 6 and above.

(Best with Internet Explorer)
Type in a word or sentence in English and have it translated into Norwegian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Giggle Poetry
Lots of fun poetry, and help in writing your own.

Glossary of Poetic Terms
Phonetic pronunciation, cross references, definitions, numerous examples, hyper-linked keywords & cross references, a wealth of poetic quotations, and writers’ guidelines

Great Books Interdisciplinary Matrix
The information at this site is organized from seven cultural streams (science, art, books, theatre, music, history and cinema).

Great Books Online
Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing students with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Great Writers and Poets
Wonderful set of links to favorite authors’ home pages - and it has links to other sets of lists as well.

Guide to Grammar & Writing
A meaty, clearly written and well organized site by an English professor.

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
A very simple step-by-step guide that takes you through the whole process.

The HornBook Virtual History Exhibit of Authors and Artists
Correspondence from famous children’s authors to HornBook over seven decades! Also has some radio interviews. -->

Hypertext Webster Interface
Hyperlinks take you to dictionary services on the Internet for the definition of the word you type in.

iLoveLanguages! (Best with Internet Explorer)
One of the most extensive language resource pages on the web - has translators for 33 languages that will translate whole web pages or anything else, and over 1800 links to schools, dictionaries, online lessons, and more.

Interactive reading activities
Colorful interactive reading related activities for grades K-6, (from Harcourt).

The Internet Public Library
The first public library of the Internet– librarians committed to providing library services to the Internet.

Just One More Book!!
A thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children?s books. The site contains book reviews and interviews with authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, teachers, librarians and more.

Kiddie Records Weekly - Classics From the Golden Age
Fabulous forgotten treasures - children's records from the early 40s and 50s, including many classic stories, some of which were extravagant Hollywood productions. Downloadable to listen to FREE.

Knowledgerush.Com - Great Works for Free
A wide variety of great literature online; also includes lists of "100 great books," books for middle school and books for college-bound.

Learn to Read - Starfall
Fun and interactive, this FREE online program for children is based in part on research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development about how children learn to read. Also see Study Dog's program, the entry below this one.

Learn to Read - Study Dog
A beautifully illustrated, fun and interactive - downloadable and FREE - full curriculum software reading program for beginning readers. Also see Starfall's program, the entry above this one. Dictionary & thesaurus.

Myth & Folklore
Annotated list of links to sites having to do with myths, folklore, fairy tales, stories, and nursery rhymes.

Mother Goose Rhymes & Children’s Songs
Grouped by theme, with some beautiful printable coloring pages of letters of the alphabet

Native American Story Collection
Lovely stories, with background about the tribes they come from.

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month
A fun and motivating annual creative writing project in which thousands of participants each attempt to write a novel within a month.

Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
An extensive guide to incorporating thinking, style, structure, evidence, and mechanics into writing elegant and well-thought-out prose.

An Online Library of Literature
Online classic literature: 30 authors such as Aesop, Bronte, Carrol, Dickents, Wells, Poe, London, Tolstoy, Twain, etc.

Online Writing Lab
Purdue University's huge site with over 500 pages of handouts, tutorials, and workshops and hundreds of links to other writing resources across the World Wide Web. Includes general writing concerns (the writing process), English as a Second Language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation, research and documenting sources, professional writing (such as resumes and cover letters), and writing acros the curriculum (incorporating writing into a variety of disciplines. And more!

The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse
390 poems by 162 authors: "such poems as contain intimations of a consciousness wider and deeper than the normal." Spanning five centuries, Donne, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Shelley, Blake, etc.
Takes users through the steps of writing a basic paragraph. Users develop an idea and write their own topic sentence, body, and a conclusion. Steps through pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting, and publishing.

Poets' Corner
A user-friendly library of works - spans thousands of works by hundreds of authors covering thousands of years.

Project Gutenberg
Thousands of classic books online–from the start of this century and previous centuries, from authors like Shakespeare, Poe, Dante, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, and references such as Roget’s Thesaurus, almanacs, and a set of encyclopedia, dictionaries, etc.

A puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists. Build your own maze or print our specialty hand-drawn mazes created around holidays and classroom topics.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Compilied by the Young Adult Library Services Association, this list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use.

Quotations Page
A catalog of quotation resources on the Internet, and a large-scale quotation site in itself.

Reading, English, Communication
Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication. The site is dedicated to providing educational materials, services, and coursework to everyone interested in the language arts.

Simple Spelling Rules and Phonograms
A simple list of spelling rules from the Riggs Institute.

Starfall - learn to read!
This colorful and well illustrated "learn-to-read"website is offered free as a public service, and gets a lot of positive reviews from users. - Fun online language learning
Lots of great free features such as interesting articles about 30 foreign languages, AUDIO pronounciation of foreign words, quizzes, games, and "word of the day" email.

Verbivore: Looking at Language
Fun articles about language: "woven for wordaholics, logolepts, and verbivores."

William Shakespeare at eNotes
Thousands of pages of content on the life and work of the world's greatest author, including eNotes to more than 20 titles.

World Wide Words
An extensive and fascinating site about the meaning of words and phrases from a British viewpoint - fun to just randomly peruse, but it's all organized so that you can also search for an item.

A Word A Day!
A word and definition is provided every day, along with an example of it’s use in a sentence, and the pronunciation in both text and sound form

The Wordsmyth English Dictionary
Integrated English Dictionary and Thesaurus in electronic form! Has 50,000 Headwords with definitions, pronunciations and examples - Exact Synonyms and Similars (near synonyms).

World Wide Art Resources
Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) Children’s Literature and Language Arts page. This page focuses on children’s literature in education.
An online community for writers and readers of all interests and skill levels - includes online writing portfolio, and numerous writing tools.

Writing On and With the Internet
Resources to help learn more about searching the Internet for information -- and writing-related resources for more information about writing.

Writing Resources from the Purdue University Writing Lab

WriteShop - An Incremental Writing Program
Links to word games, writing ideas, homeschooling helps, writing contests, enlightening articles, and more Helpful online articles about various aspects of writing, including even such basics as parts of speech and punctuation.

The WWW Virtual Library
This is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself–run by volunteers, who compile pages of key links for areas in which they are expert. It is widely recognized as one of the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web.

Linked to more than 500 dictionaries of over 140 different languages.

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