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* Wikipedia Search
* EtymologyDict
* Meriam-Webster
* K-Play
* Yahoo Ed


* punctuation
* linking logically
* paragraphing
* skim and scan
* spelling tips

Literary terms

* BBC News (UK)
* Google News
* Newseum
* The Age (Vic)
* The Australian
* TheTimes (UK)
* TheWest (WA)
* WashingtonPost


Reference sites




Pitsco's Ask an Expert
Excerpt from the Web site: "Ask an Expert is a directory of links to people who have volunteered their time to answer questions and webpages that provide information. " 300 web sites and e-mail addresses are organized into categories: Science / Technology, Career / Industry, Health, Internet / Computers, Recreation / Entertainment, Education / Personal Development, International / Cultural, Resources, Money / Business, Fine Arts, Law, and Religion.

The Encyclopedia Mythica
This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend. It contains thousands of definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.

Media Literacy
Understanding the Kosovo Conflict: A lesson in Media Literacy
Bias in the media and in government .

Ad Dissection 101
Learn about advertising and how a print ad can affect and persuade readers.

The Grammar Lady
The Grammar Lady contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), Spelling Rules, a Question of the Week, and a Grammar Hotline.

Literary Research
An incredibly comprehensive collection of Web sites related to literature & the humanities. Includes Syllabus and Other Course Materials for Literature Courses. Compiled and maintained at the University of Pennyslvania.

CyberGuides were created by California teachers as supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. (So there!)

English Online
This site is a vast professional development resource for teachers of English in New Zealand and worldwide - some good student reference material here.

Visual Tesaurus
The Visual Thesaurus is an interesting way to explore English language synonyms. Words show up as a "spatial map of linguistic associations," with clickable words that encourage you to follow threads. The site uses Java and works best on newer systems.

Magazine / Feature articles / Journalism

Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design
The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalists, has created an online tutorial to help designers with the complexities of color and its use in print and online. This tutorial would be a great addition to journalism and web-design classes.


Web Publishing
Highwired offers free web publishing tools and hosting so high school students can publish online versions of school newspapers and information about student activities. The National Edition showcases the best student-written articles.

Community Share Web
In this K-12 project, classrooms around the world create a single Web page hilighting something special about their local community. The Web pages will be made available online during Community Share Week (mid-October). The Web site includes examples, instructions, templates, and tools.

Learn the Net
Learn the Net is a great site for web novices interested in web publishing, business, multimedia, or better ways to dig for data. You'll find interactive tutorials, "ask the expert" forums, FAQs, games and more. Best of all, the site is well designed, written and organized.


"Reading a poem silently instead of saying a poem is like the difference between staring at sheet music and actually humming or playing the music on an instrument," says U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. His Favorite Poem Project shares audio and video of people reading their favorite poems, and invites readers to send in their favorite poems with a few sentences about why it is special to them.
Teacher resource may be worth looking at if you are doing some poetry in class.

Essay Writing
The Five Paragraph Essay
One of the ways to communicate clearly is to write a clear and concise essay.




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