Language Arts

25 Creative Writing Prompts- from Writing Forward

698 Free Worksheets- each sheet is marked as PR, IN, ADV for your grade level; ESL teachers can use these as well

The Best Places to Read and Write "Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories- terrific listing from Larry Ferlazzo

Boomwriter- Sections include StoryWriter, ProjectWriter, and WordWriter

Classroom Writing Ideas- Pinterest board covers writing and picture prompts, worksheets for younger students

Creative Writing Worksheets- for younger grades

Collaborize Classroom- free collaborative education forum

Creative Writing Ideas/Lesson Plans- Pinterest board

Creative Writing Lesson Plans- @Web English Teacher

Creative Writing Lesson Plans- from Scholastic; K-12 covered

Creative Writing Teacher Resources- from Teachervision; by grade level

Developing a Fictional Narrative- from Education World

ESL Creative Writing Prompts- nice listing

Fakebook- students set up a fake Facebook page

Lino- free sticky and canvas service; works on computer, Android and iPad/iPhone

PicLit- creative writing prompts

Picture This! Building Photo-Based Writing Skills- lesson from the NY Times Learning Network

Quill- many interactive writing lessons with quizzes already made for the teacher; includes Quill ProofreaderQuill Grammar, and Quill Writer.

ReadWriteThink- lesson plans for English-Language Learners for K-12

Skills Practice:Writing Effective Openings- from the NY Times

TeAchnology Writing Lesson Plans

Visual Writing Prompts- sections for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12


Center for Digital Storytelling

Creative Educator- 4 articles on digital storytelling
Digital Directors Guild- assists educators with their digital storytelling projects 
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom- from Microsoft Education

Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators- 120 page pamphlet (download) written by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)

Making Stopmotion Movies- information on how to create stopmotion and claymation movies

Tech4Learning Blog- lots of wonderful posts regarding ways to tell stories, including claymation

Aniboom- animation studio

Animoto- create video slide shows

Big Universe- for younger children

Chogger- create comics

ClassikTV- create a movie by adding subtitles to old movie scenes

Creaza- suite of creative tools, including cartoonist, movie editor, audio editor and mindmaps

DigiTales- create 3-5 minute stories from these types: living memories, beyond words, itza wrap

Do Ink- create Flash-style animations using a "simple and friendly vector editor

Domo Animate- free animation website offers characters with dialogue, backdrops and special effects

Glogster- drag and drop text, images, audio, video drawings and more; premium edition has no ads

Google Search Stories- uses YouTube, so if your school blocks it you're out of luck

Juxio- interactive posters for the classroom

Kerpoof- make movies, cards, drawings,pictures, tell stories; for grades K-8; site also has lesson plans and teacher tools.

Lightning Bug -assists students in writing a story from finding an idea to finishing the story

Little Bird Tales- for very young children

My eBook- create novels, comics, magazines, brochures

My Story Maker- for younger kids; interactive digital story creator

Myths and Legends- online digital storytelling site

Our Story- create a collaborative timeline

PicLits- students are given a picture with a list of keywords to inspire them to write a story about that picture

Picture Book Maker- create an online children's book

Pinball- helps students get started with ideas which are bounced around

Projeqt- visual storytelling

Shiddoni- create an imaginary world with animals

Simplebooklet- create online newsletters, presentations (education version)

Smilebox- mix photos, videos and music into a multimedia presentation

Stage'd- create animated comics

Storybird- "short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read and print

Storyboard Template-choice of different templates

ThumbScribes- online collaboration of poems, short stories, fiction, novellas

Tikatok- for younger children

Voice Thread- group conversations around images, documents, videos; Voice Thread in the Classroom.

Xtranormal-create online movies using their characters who speak what you write for them; $$

ZooBurst-create a 3D pop-up book

10 Great Language Arts Lessons- from We Are Teachers; 

Discovery Education Lesson Plans-covers grades 9-12; over 500 listed!

English and Language Arts-Based Lesson Plans-the Lesson Plans Page; grades noted when you choose the lesson

Growing Up With Crayons-lesson for upper elementary/middle school level; from EBSCO

Interactive Whiteboard Activities- from Scholastic; grades K-9

Language Arts Lessons- from ReadWriteThink; covers K-12 (grades are labeled)

Language Arts Lesson Plans-from TeAchnology

Literature and Language Arts Lessons- from EDSITEment; grades K-12

PBS Learning Media-covers English Language Arts and Literacy; all grades; choose from many subcategories

Smithsonian Education-varied topics cover grades K-12

Spelling City Lesson Plans- vocabulary; videos, worksheets, games

Teachit Lesson Plans- vast number of resources!

Top 25 Lesson Plans for 2011- from Thinkfinity; grades are labeled- K-12


Acrostic Poems- from ReadWriteThink; interactive

Best Books for Teaching About Poetry- from Education World; for young students

Complete Classics- "10,171 poems from 1,082 classic poets"

Giggle Poetry- humorous children's verse on the Web

Haiku- from PBS Parents; interactive

Handbook of Rhetorical Devices

Instant Poetry Forms- students choose from a list of titles and add their own words to create a poem

Library of Congress Poetry Lessons

Magnetic Poetry for Kids- interactive site

Poem Hunter- 310,931 poems from 24,752 poets

Poetry- from Questia, the world's largest online library resource list

Poetry 180- a poem a day for high school students from the Library of Congress

The Poetry Archive- browse poets and poems

Poetry Class- poetry lessons

Poetry Everywhere- PBS series

Poetry Foundation's Learning Lab- find a glossary of poetry terms here

Poetry for Kids- you will find games, lessons, contests here, all based on the works of children's poet Kenn Nesbitt.

Poetry Idea Machine- from Scholastic

Poetry Resources for Teachers- long list from TeacherVision; grade levels marked for every item (K-12)

Poetry Teachers- ideas for poetry contests, theater, and activities for the classroom.

Shadow Poetry- definitions for over 100 types of poetry, examples included; also poetry guide

Sonnet Central archive of English sonnets, commentary, links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their works.

Types of Poetry

World of Poetry

Cliche Finder- 3,300 index cliches

Common Core English Language Arts Resources- from ShareMyLesson

Curriki's Language Arts Resources-small listing covers all grades

English ELA Review Games- pick your grade level

Funbrain Game Finder

Grammar, Usage and Mechanics- from Writer's Choice; grade 9

Guide to Grammar and Writing- over 400 references

Hemingway- students can analyze their writing with this app

Integrating Technology into the Language Arts classroom

Language Arts for Middle and High School- long listing

Language Arts Games on Gamequairium

Middle School Reading Interactives- listing includes language interactives, grammar help, general comprehension stories and much more

Online Language Arts Games- from TeacherVision

PicLits- inspired picture writing

Popular Technology Resources for Reading and Language Arts- covers K-12; from TeacherVision

Powerpoint Presentations on Authors- for grades K-6

Reading, Writing, Grammar- Mr. Donn's extensive site is loaded with resources for K-12

Teaching English as a Language- from Web English Teacher; links for ELL and ESL teachers

We Are Teachers- reading, grammar, spelling vocabulary

Writing Prompts- huge listing of resources!


60 Second Shakespeare- students create their 60-second interpretation of Shakespeare; BBC site
Absolute Shakespeare- plays are listed by comedies, histories and tragedies; find study guides and trivia 

The App's the Thing: Shakespeare Goes Social- iPad app for The Tempest

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare- M.I.T. site
eNotes- study guides and lesson plans
Folger Shakespeare Library
Free Kids Word Searches-Some Shakespeare Plays 

How to Teach Critical Analysis of Romeo and Juliet to High Schoolers

In Search of Shakespeare- from PBS; covers grades K-12

Insults By Shakespeare- lesson from TED-ED

Interactive Folio: Romeo and Juliet 
Internet Shakespeare Editions-"The aim of the Internet Shakespeare Editions is to make scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays available in a form native to the medium of the Internet. ... The Library itself will contain fully refereed materials only, and in due course will be the core of the Editions; at present, however, there are no fully developed texts yet available."

Literary Criticism About William Shakespeare- lists critical, biographical and other sites

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet-includes a Shakespeare timeline, biography quiz and more

The Oxford Shakespeare- from

Shakespeare Animated- YouTube channel with 12 playlists

Shakespeare Biography- LiveBinder

Shakespeare High- "your Shakespeare classroom on the Internet"

Shakespeare and His Critics- 17 resources are here, from essays to letters to directories

Shakespeare in the Classroom- from PBS;includes lessons for K-12, teaching Shakespeare with primary sources and much more

Shakespeare Internet Scavenger Hunt- for grades 9-12

Shakespeare Documented- online exhibition about Shakespeare

Shakespeare is Elementary- "created by elementary students at Crichton Park School in Nova Scotia"

Shakespeare Magazine"an educational and learning resource about the works of Shakespeare and the role and influence they have had on our history and language."

Shakespeare Uncovered -from PBS

Shakespeare Study Guides- PDF downloads from the American Shakespeare Center

Shakespeare: Teacher Resources- from TeacherVision; nice listing includes lesson plans, printables, resources

Shakespeare's Characters Online Quiz

Shakespeare's Grammar- from the Shakespeare Resource Center

Shakespeare's Language- online etymology dictionary

Surfing the Bard- the Bard Zones include a discussion section, play listing and fun

The Taming of the Shrew Lesson Plan- 26 days of lessons includes PDF printables

TeachersFirst Shakespeare Resources- choose grade level and find podcasts, lessons

TeacherVision's Shakespeare- printables and lessons

Teaching Shakespeare-from TESGlobal

WordNet- a lexical database for the English language


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