English Resources

All Grades

• Bibliomania — Free classics of literature are available online on this page.

Glossary of Poetic Terms — Learn the major terms related to poetry on this handy resource.

• The Elements of Style — This classic work has helped writers of all ages for generations.

• Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus — Every English student can get access to an excellent dictionary and thesaurus via this link.

• Poets — An extensive listing of famous poets and information on their lives is accessible on this resource from the Academy of American Poets.

• Purdue OWL — Purdue’s online writing laboratory is one of the best online English grammar sites.

Vocabulary.com — Free sign up gives students access to many tools that can help them learn English vocabulary words on this site.

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

• Aesop's Fables — The famous Greek moral stories are found on this page.

• Bright Ideas for Writing — Middle school students can get over their writers’ block when they consult the writing ideas on this page.

• The Call of the Wild Study Guide — Glencoe has a good pdf study guide to Jack London’s famous story on this page.

Civil War Literature Circles — Teachers can find many good resources here to help teach literature from and about the U.S. Civil War.

• Collab-O-Write — Students can write or add to stories on this webpage.

• The Diary of Anne Frank Writing Activity — This lesson plan helps students understand the Holocaust and The Diary of Anne Frank.

• Encyclopedia Mythica — Students of classical mythology will benefit from this online dictionary on the subject.

• Guide to The Catcher in the Rye — Students can find a good short guide to this famous novel when they click on this link.

Guide to The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County — This page has many excellent resources on Mark Twain and this famous short story.

• Guide to Writing a Basic Essay — Learn how to write a basic essay on this helpful page.

The Iliad — A pdf lesson plan with activities related to Homer’s Iliad is found on this site.

• How to Get an A in Writing — This website on getting an A in writing is suitable for younger teenagers.

• Madeleine L'Engle Novels — Here is an excellent unit on the works of Madeleine L’Engle

• Middle School Writing Prompts — Every two months, a new writing prompt for middle schoolers is given on this site.

A Paragraph a Week — Sixth graders will find this activity that gets them to write one paragraph a year a great way to develop their writing skills.

• Self-Study Grammar Quizzes — Although this resource was developed for ESL students, all students of English can benefit from these quizzes.

High School (Grades 9–12)

• Beowulf from the British Library — Find the text of Beowulf and many activities related to the epic poem on this site.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Study Guide — Glencoe provides this great pdf study guide for the famous novel by Mark Twain.

• Exploring Arthurian Legend — Students will learn how to approach the King Arthur stories crtically on this page.

• Comparing and Contrasting — High schoolers can benefit from this college English resource on writing a comparison-and-contrast paper.

• Getting an A on an English Paper — A Rutgers University professor has developed this helpful guide to writing an excellent English paper.

Grammar Rules Webquest — This webquest is designed to help students develop a list of ten essential grammar rules.

• Guide to Grammar and Style — The same Rutgers professor that wrote the guide to getting an A on an English paper also put together this helpful page on good style and grammar.

HyperGrammar — This is an excellent resource on English grammar from the University of Ottawa.

• Literary Resources on the Net — Here is an extensive list of literary resources that are available online.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet — Learn all about William Shakespeare and his works with the help of this guide.

• The Odyssey and the Modern Reader — Advanced students will especially benefit from this analytical page on Homer’s Odyssey.

• PBS Reading and Language Arts — Students will appreciate this extensive guide to reading and language arts on the web.

• Representative Poetry Online — Major English poets and some of their works can be found on this helpful webpage.

• Role of Place in Writer's Lives and WorksThe New York Times has this excellent post from their Learning Center resource that helps students understand the importance of writers backgrounds to their works.

Sentence Sense — This is another good activity on English grammar that is suitable for High School students.

What's Your Genre? — High school students will learn all about genre fiction with the help of this in-depth webquest.

• Writer's Choice — Glencoe has a great toolbox of English resources on this helpful page.