Language Arts Resources

Free Classic Audiobooks
Voices in the Dark
Classic novels, no longer under copyright protection, are available as free downloads. These can be played on a computer or listened to on an iPod. Great for students who need the audio version of something you're reading in class.

Classic Short Stories
Online text for many short stories used in high school English classes.

Knoword is a game of quick thinking, smart decisions and great words. When you begin, you will be given one randomly generated dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must fill in the rest of the word to experience a gain in points and an added time bonus. You will start off with one minute before the game ends, and every word is an opportunity to extend your time. If you're ever stuck on a word, just hit theskip button and a new puzzle will present itself.

Skype an Author
Use the free Internet calling tool (Skype) to connect your students with authors who have given their permission to do so. Author list is included.

Interactive Folio: Romeo & Juliet
Read and explore Shakespeare's complete script of Romeo and Juliet on your computer screen with this interactive, media-rich edition. Take the mystery out of Elizabethan/Shakespearean English by simply clicking on underlined words and phrases for multiple interpretations of the vocabulary in context, including images, video and audio. You can even have entire pages (or the entire story) read aloud as an audio book.

Fun Vocabulary Practice
Students (and teachers) interact with vocabulary terms which are provided alone or in context. Definitions and hints are available. You can finish any time and scores are calculated.

Snappy Words
These are free toosl for expanding and understanding vocabulary. Similar to a visual thesaurus, they offer a web of synonyms to help define the word you've searched for. For those needing auditory help, Lexipedia offers verbal pronuciations and can be accessed in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian.

Creative Copy Challenge
Are your students stuck with writer's block? This site offers a way to get them writing again!

Walt Whitman Archive
This comprehensive site is a scholarly edition of Whitman on the web that continues to grow. Contributions include e-text versions of published works, audio recordings, images, reviews and criticisms, biographies, and teaching materials to download. A resource of tools, such as highlighting text from Leaves of Grass based on patterns of words, is accessible right on this site, which allows for powerful text analysis, visualization, and experiencing a wide range of information about Whitman’s work.

Models of Writing
Middle or high schoolers will find examples of well-written manuscripts from many genres, fiction and non-fiction, with notes explaining the most important aspects of each one to keep in mind.

Digital Is
The NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world. Read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing today.

Poetry Through the Ages
Map a course through the evolution of poetry. Learn about poetic forms and create your own poetry. Discover more about poetry from ancient to modern times.

Learn English
Learn and practice grammar and vocabulary through explanations, activities and games. There are extensive grammar explanations written by well-known author Dave Willis, a quick reference section containing 48 of the more common areas of grammar, and a large number of games that help you practise many areas of grammar and vocabulary. Note: This site was created by the British Council and as such, contains some non-American spellings.

Word of the Day #1
Word of the Day #2
Word of the Day #3
Enhance student vocabulary using these sites which supply word (or phrase), definition, pronunciation, context, and etymology. Model how to approach learning a new word for students.

Recipes for Good Writing
A place for students to begin when learning how to write:
  • Book reports
  • Poems
  • Short stories
  • Business letters
  • Personal narratives
  • Journal entry
  • Persuasive essays
  • News stories

Free Rice Vocabulary
Students see a word and choose the correct definition from 4 possible answers. As accuracy increases, so does word difficulty. For each correct answer, sponsors of the site donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.