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For a more detailed compilation of the websites below, please click the link immediately below.


Please note that the following internet resources are in alphabetical order.  Students are reminded that they must use appropriate reference to those sites used for specific information.  Failure to do so may constitute plagarism.


  1. Bibliographic Style
    1. Bibme - fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page.
    2. Citation Machine - an interactive Web tool designed to assist teachers and students with the proper use of information property.
    3. Citing Sources- Guide to Library Research - Documentation Guidelines: Citing Sources Within Your Paper
    4. MLA-Style Bibliography Builder - Choose a form, fill it out, and push the button... you will get an individual entry for a "Works Cited" page, which you may then copy and paste into your word processor.
    5. MLA, APA, AAA, Chicago (Turabian) Citation Guide - from North Seattle Community College Library
    6. Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format from the Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) at Purdue.
  2. Bibliomania - Bibliomania has more than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources
  3. Book Glutton - Read, annotate and discuss, right there, immersed in the text. Some classics are free online reads and you can bookmark your place!.
  4. Catalogue of Electronic texts, a collection of digital documents collected in the subject areas of English literature, American literature, and Western philosophy. Searchable by author or title.
  5. Character Cards - helpful cards to collect data while researching
  6. Challenge test - Prepare for national tests using this English Challenge Test
  7. A Chapter a Day - Books online divided up into chapters with vocabulary words for the chapter and quotes. Many classical novels here.
  8. Chapter Books On-line - Many classic novels online with tools to help students read on line.
  9. Class Anatomy - online "class anatomy"- a documentation and analysis of one instructional period.
  10. Classic Short Stories - online text of some of the short story classics.
  11. Comic Strips - Make up your own comics, using characters, emotions, and more
  12. Common Errors in English Usage - Do you "shutter to think" of horrible misusage of the language? Find that and more at this site.
  13. Diagramming Sentences - "Understanding the functions of parts of the speech in a sentence and their relationship to one another can be very helpful in learning to construct good sentences"
  14. Every-Day-Edit - provides daily practice in a wide variety of basic language skills with a daily paragraph having ten built-in errors of basic spelling, grammar, punctuation, or capitalization
  15. The Electronic Text Center - The Modern English Collection contains fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  16. English 11 - Reading and Writing - practice tests from Virginia Department of Education released SOL tests
  17. The English Teacher's Companion - Lessons, tools, publications, and much more can be found at this site.
  18. English Teacher Resources - Many links for strategies in writing, poetry, literature, reading and more
  19. English-Forum by Aardvark presents interactive English language exercises for use in ESL or EFL classes.
  20. English Grammar Quizzes - self checking quizzes
  21. English Grammar The Easy Way - This site has a very comprehensive collection of brief grammar explanations for students. A great site if you want some concise support.
  22. Folktale of the Month
  23. Grammar and Writing - interactive quizzes
  24. Grammar Worksheets and Printables - Free English grammar and vocabulary worksheets and printable handouts
  25. Guide to Grammar and Writing - Maintained in memory of Professor of English Charles Darling for English courses at Capital Community College in Connecticut. (for use by the college's students and staff and for the general online community)
  26. Inference Notes - a way to graph the concept of inference
  27. Interactive lessons
    High School [lesson opens on a new page]
    Setting (9 - 12) Travel back in time with Shakespeare's Romeo as he teaches about setting through great works of literature.
  28. The Internet Classics Archive - bringing the wisdom of the classics to the Internet since 1994
  29. Learn Out Loud - podcasts of novels
  30. Literary Elements - Interactive game (from Glencoe)
  31. Nursery Rhyme Expansion - practice with the aspects of purpose, voice, and audience in their writing. New ideas for old material. Here is a site with stories inspired by nursery rhymes that students can see to help them write their own versions.14 Funny Stories based on Mother Goose Rhymes
  32. Literature Quizzes - online quizzes in poetry, essays, comprehension, and story elements
  33. Mindomo - interactive graphic organizer (free registration)
  34. Navigating the Newspaper - Learn how newspapers package words and pictures. Learn correct terminology for the different parts of the newspaper.
  35. Novels On-Line found at the Carnegie Mellon University English server.
  36. Novel Guides - from Classzone; activities and suggestions for novels.
  37. Novel Guide-Novel Analysis - literary analysis on the web; an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary Literature Profiles, Metaphor Analysis, Theme Analyses, and Author Biographies.
  38. Novel Units Online - Novel Guides and Units
  39. Poetry
    Poetry 180 - Welcome to Poetry 180. A Poem a day for American High School students. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.
    Poetry Index of Canonical verse at the Carnegie Mellon University English server. Poets from Angelou to Wordsworth.
    30 days of Poetry - Each lesson gives you a format to follow and student examples. In many cases your teacher will direct you to write more than one poem in a lesson. This gives you an opportunity to use the form and, most often, create an even better poem in doing so. Enjoy your lessons! [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
    Poet's Pantry Tour - Virtual fieldtrip of the many types of poetry. Within the tour there is a list of at least 40 types of poetry and examples of each form!
  40. Power Proofreading from Houghton Mifflin - Help! The power has gone out at HME-TV, and proofreaders are needed to fix TV scripts, memos and other writing at the station. HM has provided a special power screen so your students can help them.
  41. Pre-Reading notes - help students prepare for information obtained in reading
  42. Proofreading Exercises - online with answers
  43. Reading Placement Assessments - tests to download (answer key given)
  44. Reading Comprehension - free Reading Comprehension worksheets for Middle and High School students to reinforce skills such as context clues and word meanings
  45. Reading Comprehension - for High school students [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  46. Reading for Results - Online practice, many concepts
  47. Reading for Thinking - online passages and questions for many concepts- middle and high school
  48. Reading Keys - online passages and questions for many concepts - middle/high school
  49. Reading Passages - vocab, word selection, sequencing and conclusion activities.
  50. Reading Passages - vocab, word selection, what did you learn, spelling and more.
  51. ReadPrint - free online library, thousands of free books.
  52. Reading Skill Stories - written for adult ESL learners, these stories can be a timed reading; there is audio for each story so it can be used for a read-along, and there are questions at the end of the stories. [this expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
  53. Schoolhouse: English and Language Arts - Lesson plans and Internet resources in the areas of Poetry, Reading, and Writing. The site also includes Internet resources in the areas of Literature, Philosophy, and Plays. Schoolhouse also includes links to Standards sites.
  54. Sentence-combining exercises - a lesson followed by quizzes
  55. Short Fiction on the Carnegie Mellon University English server.
  56. Short Story Elements - online interactive quiz from Quia
  57. Short Story Elements - online quiz
  58. Skimming and Scanning - links that contain lessons and activities to practice these skills.
  59. SparkNotes - Study Guides, Message Boards, Complete Texts of an enormous amount of various types of literature taught in High Schools. You must register to get to the guides, but registration is free.
  60. Story Elements Questioning Cards - Great for independent work after reading a book.
  61. Story Modules - modules designed to test comprehension of a news story (Click on Story Archives on the left to find the stories)
  62. Style Manual by William Strunk Jr. - Reference site to find verse, authors, fiction, nonfiction links.
  63. Summarizing and Paraphrasing - online exercises and lessons.
  64. Visual Thesaurus - Really cool way to look up synonyms. It is just a trial version but you can look up a few words at a time without paying.
  65. Vocabulary Enrichment
    Analogy Quiz1 - Determine which choice has a relationship similar to the original words or phrases. (HS Level)
    Analogy Quiz2 - Determine which choice has a relationship similar to the original words or phrases. (HS Level)
    Sentence Completion - Fill in the missing vocabulary words. (Middle/High School level)
    Sentence Completion Quiz - Fill in the missing vocabulary words. (Middle/High School level)
    Vocabulary Enrichment - Each Quiz picks 10 questions from a fifty word list and you can hear the word spoken, allowing you to not only learn its definition, but how its pronounced.