50+ Essential Web Sites for Literature Teachers
These are some of the sites I use over and over to help me in my teaching endeavors. If you know of more online resources, leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list.
Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources
The Great Books Foundation – Essential website for learning Shared Inquiry Discussion, the best way to get kids talking about books
ReadWriteThink – Fantastic database of lesson plans and student tools
ROMAN Reading: 5 Practical Skills for Transforming Your Life Through Literature – My ebook about how to read a book
Children’s Literature Web Guide – Mostly for K-6 teachers, but some valuable resources
Linda’s Links to Literature – General resources for teaching literature
Today in Literature – A good place to get literature trivia or to find some interesting tidbit for the beginning of class
Eduhound – Resources for teachers in all areas, not just literature
Reading Aloud to Children – Some helpful hints and suggestions
Quotiki – When you need a writing prompt or something inspirational for you bulletin board this is a great resource for finding and saving quotes
TeacherClockHours.com – Every professional workshop and conference in one location. For teachers in Washington State, soon to expand into other states.
Making Meaning in Literature – Don’t miss this free online workshop for 6-8 teachers from Annenberg Media–you won’t believe the quality of these materials.
Conversations in Literature – An amazingly produced and developed free video workshop for 6-12 teachers from Annenberg, complete with hour-long video training sessions
Wikiversity: Education – Wikimedia’s online learning resources for educators and those interested in teaching
Wikiversity: Language and Literature – Wikimedia’s online learning resources for the study of the langage arts
Online books and poetry
Project Gutenberg – The king of all online book sites
How to Prepare a Gutenberg text for eReading – An easy way to format Gutenberg texts so they can be printed and read more easily
Online Books Page – Second only to Project Gutenberg in stature, but a bigger book database
Google Books – Searchable, readable books online with links to places you can borrow or buy them
Google Scholar – Search scholarly literature; includes full-text books
The Poetry Archive – Recordings of famous poets reading and discussing their poems
Best Places to Get Free Books – A nice collection of links
300+ Recommended Books for Junior High Students – The eighth grade reading list for my students is now available in .pdf format
Mr. Senger’s Students Teen Book Reviews – My junior high students have been writing book recommendations for teens since 1990, and now I have over 400 recommendations on 3×5 cards that I am trying to enter into this database.
15 Mammoth Books for Teens – A .pdf reading list of long books for teenagers
Recommended Fantasy Author List – One of the best resources for fantasy fiction on the Internet for many years
Robert Teeter’s Great Book Lists – A comprehensive collection of recommended reading lists
Novel Guides – Lots of good resources for teaching individual books SCORE Cyberguides
Reference SitesOnline Etymology Dictionary
Online Tools for Students
Gradefix – Students enter their homework and how much time each assignment will take, and Gradefix automatically calculates when to study and for how long. A great tool for procrastinators and their parents.
Stu.dicio.us – For students to keep notes, track grades, organize projects and homework, and collaborate with others
Yahoo Answers – Students and teachers can ask and answer questions on any topic
MyStickies – Put sticky notes on web pages to keep track of relevant information
i-Lighter – Allows students to highlight and write notes about web pages; great for Internet research
Easybib – Answer questions about your reference source and Easybib shows you how it should look in the bibliography
Ottobib – Enter the ISBN of any book and Ottobib gives you the bibliographic information you need for your research paper in MLA, APA, and other styles.
Thinkature.com – Collaborative brainstorming and mapping
Collaborative Mind Mapping – another collaborative brainstorming site