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Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Interactive Literature Sites Tags: classic literature classic novels romeo and juliet edgar allen poe lord of the flies quotes lord of the flies summary

 

Sites with interactive features to help study authors and particular works of literature:

 

Romeo and Juliet: This interactive version displays the text of the play on the left panel with clickable links to related text, video, audio and images on the right panel. There’s a Resources section with details about the characters, Plot Synopses, Facts about the play, and other information.

 

Knowing Poe: Learn more about “Poe the Person” through interactive features that allow you to tour his house, learn about his education, or solve the mystery of his death. Learn more about “Poe the Writer” with activities exploring his techniques. And in the “Poe Library,” along with a list of his works, you’ll find primary source documents, such as letters and original manuscripts; and the many and varying references to his works both here, and around the world.

 

Interactive Poetry: Speaking of Poe, visit TeachersFirst’s The Raven to learn more about such literary devices as alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and simile, and personification.  Move the mouse over highlighted words to see what devices are being employed. There's also an interactive version of The Highwayman.

Lord of the Flies: Start off on the island around a campfire where you must match the quotes and objects to the correct character. Move on into the interior of the island to explore some of the novel’s symbols. Back to the beach to answer some questions about the novel. And finally, a short bio blurb about the author.

Name That Literary Element: Game in which you match the definition to the correct literary element.

Know of any similar sites? Leave them in the comments.

Novel Study Ideas Tags: reading comprehension strategies

From time to time, I like to go beyond the standard book report or book review, and mix it up with different types of writing assignments and projects. Gets the kids thinking differently, and it can be more interesting and fun. Take a look at these ideas that can be used for any novel, for independent study, or in a group setting: 

Writing and Art Activities:

Journal and Other Projects

More Reading Activities:

Here are some ideas for doing an author study.

Here are some ideas for more visual types of projects.



Harcourt Reading Grammar and Spelling Workbooks Tags: harcourt grammar worksheets grammar reading worksheets spelling worksheets

These Harcourt PDF workbooks are free to download: 

Grade 1 Reading Practice: includes phonics, spelling, and comprehension exercises

Grade 1 Grammar Practiceincludes exercises on sentences, word order, nouns, pronouns

Grade 2 Reading Practice

Grade 3 Grammar Practice

Grade 3 Reading Practice

Grade 3 Spelling Practice (Note: scroll past the first 9 pages of the pdf, which are blank. First lesson begins on p 10)

Grade 4 Reading Practice

Grade 4 Spelling Practice

Grade 5 Reading Practice

Grade 5 Grammar Practice

Grade 5 Spelling Practice

Grade 6 Grammar Practice

Grade 6 Assessments: This one, by Glencoe, includes pages for reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and writing. 

Free grammar lesson videos can be viewed at: Harcourt Grammar Snap Grades 1 - 6



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