English Resources

A.Word.A.Word

This can help build vocabulary via a daily e-mail or weekly visit to the site. Usually there is a theme uniting the daily words each week.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

This page has more than 11,000 quotations from the 1919 tenth edition, searchable by subjects, titles and authors.

EDSITEment! provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. Browse websites by subject area.

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Pick a podcast or find explanations of common grammar goofs. Suitable for high school students.

Grammar Handbook

Definitions and examples of "basic grammatical rules" move from parts of speech to clauses and sentences and include usage problems such as dangling modifiers, run-on sentences, and homophones.

Invitation to World Literature

is a thirteen part series of videos about classic works of world literature. The videos are accompanied by timelines and maps placing each work in its historical context. A text overview and short slideshow about each work is also provided.

Letter Generator

helps students learn how to format and write personal or business letters. Read Write Think offers a template for addressing envelopes.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress is a collection of handwritten letters, sketches, and story drafts by Mark Twain as well as photographs of him at home.

Read Write Think's Compare & Contrast Map

is a template for creating a comparative essay.

Snopes.com

The site for "urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation." Arranged by category, such as "Cokelore," "Crime," "Lost Legends," "9/11," and "Hurricane Katrina."

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Click on "Grades 7-12 Instructors and Students" for brief, direct discussions that include prewriting, writer's block, and searching the web. Links lead to MLA style guide, downloadable PowerPoint instructional guides, and grammar exercises.