- http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/resources/IOE/index.html - The Electronic Introduction to Old English - This electronic book contains sections discussing the Anglo-Saxons and their language, pronunciation, basic grammar, case, pronouns, nouns, verbs, adjectives, numerals, adverbs, conjunctions and prepositions, concord, word-order, meter, poetic Style, the grammar of poetry, & Old English in its material context. "This book contains over 200 short passages illustrating grammatical and other points."
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers/ - Modern Writers Collection, BBC Archive - "This collection of interviews with some of the 20th Century's most read authors reveals something of those imaginations and the personalities which lie behind some of the greatest modern novels."
- http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about - About Banned Books Week - Find resources on Banned Books Week as well as information on the 10 most challenged titles from 2010
- http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek - Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read - Information from the American Library Association on Banned Books Week, which celebrates banned or challenged books in libraries & schools.
- http://www.library.illinois.edu/edx/challenged.htm - Challenged Children's Books - The titles on this list were taken from two sources, a list from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) list of 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000. Titles were divided into three reading levels: picture books, children’s books (including early readers & chapter books), and young adult books.
- https://secure.ncte.org/forms/reportcensorship - Report a Censorship Challenge - This form allows you to report books that have been challenged in your classroom or library.
- http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/slroleinreading/annotatedbib - School Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit - Not just for school librarians, this resource lists many helpful articles and books geared toward helping students increase their interest in reading. This research guide contains the following sections: Research on Reading/Literacy (of particular interest is the article, "'I Hate to Read--Or Do I?': Low Achievers and Their Reading"), Reading Comprehension/Literacy Strategies, and Reading Motivation and Engagement. You may also search for gender-related information using keywords in the box at the top of the page.
- http://www.randomhouse.com/highschool/RHI_magazine/reluctant_readers/scales.html - Winning Back Your Reluctant Readers, Random House for High School Teachers - Though geared toward High School teachers, the recommendations and approaches the author discusses can be applied to the elementary classroom. Important sections of the website include: Helpful Hints in Winning Reluctant Readers, Teaching Ideas, & Suggested Reading
- More resources for reaching reluctant readers:
- Getting Boys to Read - http://www.gettingboystoread.com/
- Monroe County Public Library High Interest (Grades 2-12) / Low Reading Level (Grades 2-3) Books: http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/childrens/booklists/hilobib.html
- Association for Library Service to Children Hi-Low Books for Upper Elementary Grades: http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/booklists/Hi-Lo_Booklist
- Multnomah County Public Library Shorter Books for Taller Readers Grades 4-5 & 5-8: http://www.multcolib.org/kids/booklists/shorterbooks4-5.html & http://www.multcolib.org/kids/booklists/shorterbooks5-8.html
- Cary Memorial Library High Interest/Low Reading Level Books for Students in Grades 6-12: http://www.carylibrary.org/children/pdfs/high-low.pdf Also check out the rest of their reading lists: http://www.carylibrary.org/children/booklists.html
- YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpicks
- More general resources for children's and YA literature:
- The American Library Association (ALA) has several helpful resources online geared toward K-12 educators. The Association for Library Service to Children (http://www.ala.org/alsc/) has information on book awards, issues and advocacy, notable books and media, online continuing education opportunities, products and publications, and recommended book lists for educators.
- Also a part of the ALA, The Young Adult Library Services Association (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/) is geared toward upper level elementary, middle school and high school educators and provides information on advocacy, book awards & other lists, career advancement & training/education, handouts, online learning opportunities, products & publications, and research. Both are excellent places to get lesson plan or unit ideas.
- http://www.authorsguild.org/ - The Authors Guild - "The Authors Guild has been the nation's leading advocate for writers' interests in effective copyright protection, fair contracts and free expression since it was founded as the Authors League of America in 1912. It provides legal assistance and a broad range of web services to its members."
- http://www.poetryfoundation.org - Poetry Foundation - "The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture."
- http://www.pw.org/ - Poets & Writers - "Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers."
- http://www.scribblepad.co.uk/ - Scribblepad - "Scribblepad's primary goal is to help adults (and older children and teens, too!) find and release their inner voices. From prose to poetry, Scribblepad's expertly researched and authored features and articles give readers immediately implementable hints, practical advice and proven methods. For more advanced "Scribblers", the Scribblepad site points out key ways that novice or recreational authors have launched their careers (or have simply become better known in larger literary circles.) Our aim is to help all writers develop their talents and skills in a fun, rewarding way."
- http://www.writersdigest.com/ - Writer's Digest - "WritersDigest.com is the one-stop shop for information, resources and writing community. Writers can connect with other writers on our forum, visit our blogs and sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter. They’ll will also find weekly writing prompts, contests and competitions, conference listings, and online exclusive articles."
- http://www.ncte.org/ - National Council of Teachers of English - "The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education." Find resources on membership & involvement, professional development, and resources on anti-censorship, publications, career opportunities, grants, news & hot topics, lesson plans, policy, and standards.
- http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page - Project Gutenberg - "Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today."
- http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/home.html#regional - Atlas of North American English - The Atlas of North American English was put together by the Telsur Project. "The Telsur Project is a survey of linguistic changes in progress in North American English, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is the creator of the Atlas of North American English [ANAE], (formerly, the Phonological Atlas of North America)... The maps and analyses presented on these pages include early studies that provide the background of the Atlas, and new studies continue the work of the Atlas." Though some of the links on this website may be broken, there is still useful information along with helpful visuals.
- http://elanguage.net/ - eLanguage: Digital Publishing in Linguistics - eLanguage is the "digital publishing platform of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). eLanguage serves as a hosting service and aggregator for a range of Open Access publications in linguistics." With this resource you can explore journals, proceedings, archives, book notices, and learn more about the Linguistic Society of America.
- http://www.ethnologue.com/web.asp - Ethnologue: Languages of the World - Ethnologue is "an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,909 known living languages." Browse by country index, language name, language code, or language family.
- http://us.english.uga.edu/cgi-bin/lapsite.fcgi/ - Linguistic Atlas Projects - "The Linguistic Atlas Projects are a collection of studies performed for the last 80 years around the country by various individuals. They have interviewed informants, listening for specific target items. In some cases, they have tape recorded their interviews, in others, they have made transcriptions while conducting the interview."
- http://www.mla.org/map_main - The Modern Language Association Language Map - "The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the US Census 2000 to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States."
- http://shakespeare.mit.edu/ - The Complete William Shakespeare - This site has offered Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993.
- http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/sceti/furness/eric/index.cfm - English Renaissance in Context - "The English Renaissance in Context (ERIC) is ... designed to provide scholars and students at a variety of levels with access to major texts of the English Renaissance in their original versions. ERIC comprises two separate but integrated units: a set of tutorials on some of Shakespeare's plays and on the making and selling of books during the Early Modern period; and a database of scanned texts (thanks to the work of SCETI) from Penn's Furness Shakespeare Library."
- http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/index.html - Internet Shakespeare Editions - Learn
more about Shakespeare's plays & poems, life & times,
performance information, and browse a wide range of resources.
- http://www.shakespeareinamericanlife.org/ - Shakespeare in American Life - This resource discusses Shakespeare productions & interpretations in America. Find resources about stage & screen depictions, education & inspiration, the American identity, special features, resources for teachers, resources for kids, and listen to the radio documentary online.