Language Arts

ReadWriteThink- resources from the National Council of Teachers of English

The best websites to help beginning readers:

Creativity Tools for Writing including a Random Word Generator click here

Great site for getting students to write poetry

Skype an Author website:


Free Resources on iTunesU

Tutorial on how to use iTunesU:

  • Tennessee State Department of Education has many resources for Language Arts.
    This is where I found materials for figurative language, drawing conclusions, inferences and predictions.

Screen shots to help with navigating iTunesU (search and IDEAL's site): iTunesU Help.pdf


Specific Search:

A high school teacher was having trouble finding resources to help with teaching inferences, figurative language, drawing conclusions and making predictions. So, I searched the ReadWriteThink website. Below are the results.


Combine Digital Literacy Skills with Literary Study

Looking for ways to combine digital literacy skills, research, literary study, reading and writing for the Web? Google Lit Trips! is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road-trip stories of all time took place—and so much more!
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PBS Resources
embed learning activities below are available free on the
Teacher's Resources page.

Shuffle Letters, Spell Words

Alpha-bot is the word-spelling robot and latest amazing word game for children at Merriam-Webster’s Word Central. Students simply click the Audio button to hear the word they need to spell. Then they shuffle through the letters, dragging and dropping and then double-clicking to lock them in place. Selecting the Check icon will allow students to see if they are correct.
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Plus: Try Word Central’s other games too: in Robo-Bee, students control the flight of the Robo-Bee through a garden of synonyms, antonyms, spelling and usage puzzles; in BIGbot, with its hungry word-automated machines, students need to come prepared with a voracious vocabulary; and in the classic, long-time favorite Jumble Kids, students unscramble a list of words and then use the circled letters to unscramble the bonus solution.

Teacher Resources on Merriam-Webster’s Word Central


Learn About Women’s Literature

The Public Media Foundation
’s Scribbling Women site offers dramatizations of works by such writers as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edith Wharton, Sarah Orne Jewet and Susan Glaspell. Listen to the 30-minute radio plays—adaptations of these writers’ works—available for free on the site. Also find resources and links for understanding each play.
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Track the Funny Things We Say
Like other dictionaries, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is arranged alphabetically by headword, from A to Z. What is different about DARE is that it shows where people use the words that are included. The language of our everyday lives is captured in DARE, along with expressions our grandparents used but our children will never know. Based on interviews with thousands of Americans across the country, as well as on newspapers, histories, novels, diaries, letters, government documents and other written sources, DARE presents our language in its infinite variety. Browse the 100 entries that appear online and then check under Educational Resources, where you’ll find Quizzes to test your knowledge of regional English in the U.S.; Audio Samples of people from different regions around the country reading a passage of Arthur and Articles about teaching with DARE and dictionaries in general. Four volumes of DARE, including extensive introductory matter and letters A through Sk-, have been published. Volume V, containing the remainder of the alphabet, is presently scheduled for publication in 2010. A supplemental volume including the bibliography, the cumulative index to the regional, social and etymological labels used in DARE, and sets of contrastive maps will follow, as will an electronic edition of the dictionary.
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Customize Children’s Writing Experiences
With Kidlandia’s KID Maps, children can create and share personalized fantasylands populated by fanciful characters, called Kreechurs, and named for the people and places that tell their family’s story. The KID Maps toolbar allows children to add, drag and drop Kreechurs, castles, ships and other items, as well as text, designing their own personal kingdoms. Islands, cities, mountains and other features are named after their family and friends. Kidlandia provides a customized experience with more than 100 opportunities for a child to add in his or her personal details. Each item on the map has a Kidwik encyclopedia entry, which can be edited and shared with children’s families. In addition to a choice of fantasylands, children can select from a variety of real world maps, such as the United States and the world, presenting an opportunity for learning about geography and the different animals that share the land and sea with us.
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