It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water. ~Franklin P. Jones
Visual Thesaurus - An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145000 words that you explore using an interactive map. It's a tool for people who think visually.
Developing Reading Skills
Reading Plus - Reading Plus helps students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” by building the unseen and unheard skills that make comprehension possible and learning inevitable.
This site covers the ten literary movements in American Literature. It includes information on over 220 authors.
The IPL Literary Criticism Collection contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period."
Developed by C-Span, this is an American History series that looks at the lives and works of selected American writers who have chronicled, reflected upon or influenced the course of our nation.
Edgar Allan Poe - created by the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. The Collected works of Edgar Allan Poe (a comprehensive collection of e-texts of all of Poe’s writings, from the original sources and with multiple versions as revised during his lifetime)
Character profiles from Animal Farm
Table - comparing characters to people during the Russian Revolution
Banned and Challenged Books
statement about banned and challenged books from American Library Association
Biographical Dictionary - This
Biography.com - This is A&E's site. It includes searchable text from The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia.
Colonial Hall: Biographies of America's Founders - This is an ongoing project. The biographies here are of the founding fathers. These are divided into three categories: Signers of the Declaration, Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution.
The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences - Profiles of African men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. Indexed by people and profession.
English Language Learners
Longman Vocabulary Website - You may choose any topic that you would like extra practice in and double-click on that topic. Topics include word parts, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, easily confused words and vocabulary in real life.
Self Study Grammar Quizzes - Practice testing yourself on your knowledge of English Grammar here.
Punctuation in different types of sentences - from OWL ( From Purdue Online Writing Lab)
Poetry Themes - The Poetry Archives
Poetry Nation - The National Amateur Poetry Competition is now accepting entries for their next contest. They encourage new and previously unpublished
Shakespeare's Life and Times
Timeline of events during Shakespeare's lifetime -
ISE (Internet Shakespeare Editions)
Crime and the Law -
An annotated guide to scholarly Shakespeare resources on the Internet.
19th Century paintings, criticism, and productions of Shakespeare's plays and their influences on one another.
The 5 W's - Kathy Schrock
Critical Evaluation of a Website - Kathy Schrock
Evaluating Web Pages - UC Berkeley
Website Evaluation - University of Oregon