Language Arts Resources

  • Composition Resources.... 
  • Assignment Planner--Enter the topic of your next school paper and when it is due and this site will help you develop a plan of attack and advice on what to do (while geared toward college students it will be useful for high school students).
  • ABC's of the Writing Process--Need writing tips? Look for links that feature the General Writing Process, Prewriting, Revising, Editing, Publishing, and a special section: For Teachers.
  • Ethics Update--This site is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics.
  • Hot Topics Links--Presents accurate, objective information on controversial issues--statistics, full texts of laws and court decisions, articles, and other information.
  • Purdue University OnLine Writing Lab--Useful handouts and links to writing hints, search tools and writing resources.
  • Ms. Smith's Writing Resources--Do you want to become a better writer? Mrs. Smith has many useful resources for you to use.

    Grammar Resources....

  • Acronym Finder--At this site, you can find out what 69,000 acronyms and abbreviations stand for. Type in the acronym (such as CIA, NASA, or ERA) without periods or quotes and press Find.
  • Common English Errors--The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, or lost business at the way you write or speak.
  • English Grammar 101--An interactive online tutorial for basic units in english grammar. Check this one often.
  • Etymologic--Here's a interactive fun way to learn word origins and definitions. E.G. "What's the original definition of Ketchup?"
  • Focus on Words--Online exercises, definitions, etymology, word histories, and online tests. A good way to prepare for the ACT's and other vocabulary tests.
  • Merriam-Webster World Central--Students can look up word definitions quickly, or build their own dictionary! Find the meaning of the Daily Buzzword.
  • OneLook Dictionaries-Type a word into OneLook and it will search through more than 287 dictionaries and glossaries. Need to find a special subject dictionary fast? Click on Browse Dictionary List. Entries are in categories from Arts and Humanities to Technology.
  • Rhyme Zone--As you create your own poems, use this rhyming dictionary to help you find the perfect word.
  • Word Net Search--An online dictionary that you can explore in many different directions. Enter a word and choose from the same meaning, the opposite meaning, whole object, more general, more specific, parts of object, attributes, and familiarity.

    Literature Resources....

  • Author Pages--Access over five hundred links to children and young adult author/illustrator sites.
  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations--Want to know who said it when?--Search by keyword.
  • British Poetry (1780-1910)--Meet the Romantics like Keats and Bryon. Find out about the men behind the words (biographical information).
  • Circle of Stories--Honors American Indian storytelling and the importance of those traditions.
  • Encyclopedia Mythica--A comprehensive site on mythology, folklore, and legends.
  • Learning With Mysteries--Provides lesson plans and resources for using mysteries to teach critical thinking, writing and literature.
  • Pulitzer Prize Awards--Contains the works and profiles of Prize winners past and present.
  • Shakespeare on the Web--An interactive, hypermedia environment dedicated to the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's plays and other works.
  • Sherlockian Home Page--Sherlock Holmes fans will find everything the Net offers relevant to their favorite sleuth at this site. Electronic texts of stories and novels are available, along with multimedia files containing original illustrations from first editions and a large number of more specialized Web sites.

    Teacher Resources....

  • CyberGuides--CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. (Grades K-12)
  • Investigative Journalism on the 'Net--Digging for story ideas? Looking for some quick facts to wrap up an article that's due in an hour? Check out a comprehensive reference guide geared toward the busy reporter. (Originates from Canada)
  • Teaching Creative Writing--This site contains full content for teaching an entire course in creative writing.
  • Web English Teacher--Links to lesson plans, biographies, e-texts, online criticism, videos, Webquests, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities to support the teaching of English/Language Arts.
  • Writing Adventures--An extensive series of high school writing lessons divided into three main categories: Composition I, Composition II, and English II. Each section contains several lessons and evaluation resources. Topics covered include: writing about plot, 100 journal topics, literary analysis, poetry project, activities for specific novels--and much more.