420 English Language

“How does one write good English prose? Know what you want to say. Practice. Imitate good writing.” ~Bjarne Stroustrup

Pre-Reading

The Alphabet – This book is a project within Wikijunior, produced at the Pre-Reading level. This book is intended to be read by a parent/guardian or teacher to a child so that they can become familiar with the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that letters make.

Animal AlphabetAnimal Alphabet is a featured book on Wikibooks because it contains substantial content, it is well-formatted, and the Wikibooks community has decided to feature it on the main page or in other places. It’s also available as a printable HTML version and a video.

Flower Alphabet – This book is a project within Wikijunior, produced at the Pre-Reading level. The specific aim of this book is to give children an introduction to the different types of flowers that they may or may not be familiar with. This book is intended to be read by a parent/guardian or teacher to a child so that they can become familiar with the letters of the alphabet.

Food Alphabet – This book is a project within Wikijunior, produced at the Pre-Reading level. The specific aim of this book is to give children an introduction to the different types of foods that they may or may not be familiar with. This book is intended to be read by a parent/guardian or teacher to a child so that they can become familiar with the letters of the alphabet.

Numbers From 1 to 20 – This book is intended for pre-readers to learn about numbers.

Small Numbers – Wikijunior:Small Numbers is a featured book on Wikibooks because it contains substantial content, it is well-formatted, and the Wikibooks community has decided to feature it on the main page or in other places.

Wikijunior Colors – This book helps children to learn about colors, along with simple words and concepts. This book can be read either with a parent and child, or by the child alone. Few words are provided, and if the child is not familiar, the parent should read the words out loud for the child to repeat.

Phonics and Reading

JumpStart – Reading worksheets offer a great way to develop and improve reading skills. Here are some interesting reading worksheets and activities for grades K-3, plus fun short stories for kids!

Phonics and Leveled Reading – Free samples of phonics lessons, leveled reading samples, and samples for building fluency.

Phonics Worksheets

Phonics Worksheets from the creators of Rock n’ Learn

Progressive Phonics – A fantastic all-in-one reading program for ages 3-10. Books include alphabet books, beginner phonics, intermediate phonics, advanced phonics, and handwriting. Each book includes accompanying activity sheets such as handwriting worksheets, word search puzzle, flash cards, and a five-minute memory game. The PDF books can be printed out, read on the computer screen, or transferred onto a mobile device such as the iPad or iPod Touch. This phonics resource is totally FREE! – all that is required is registration.

Reading Bear – Reading Bear, a project of WatchKnowLearn.org, is the first free program online to teach beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English, all using innovative rich media. Reading Bear teaches children to read by introducing phonics principles painlessly and systematically, while teaching new vocabulary. Reading Bear and WatchKnowLearn are free, ad-free, non-profit projects of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. This reading program is a must see – and it’s totally FREE! – all that is required is registration.

Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Grades 1-5

Reading Games and ActivitiesIncluded are phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension – all research-based and designed to help build key reading skills in a fun and engaging way.

Reading Worksheets

Starfall – An award-winning website for young students learning to read. Starfall was created as a free public service in 2002 by the Polis-Schutz family. (Dr. Stephen Schutz and poet Susan Polis Schutz are the founders of Blue Mountain Arts publishing company and the popular electronic greeting card company, bluemountain.com.)  The Starfall program teaches children to read with a systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice. The interactive games and activities are perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, ESL, and homeschool use.

Language Arts

Comprehension Interactive Student Activities (Grades 3-6) – Simple ideas for studying Plot, Character Traits, Compare/Contrast, Sequence, Cause/Effect, Inferencing, Main Idea, Author’s Purpose, Summarize, Fact/Opinion, Drawing Conclusions, Context Clues.

English Worksheets

English I, II, III, & IV – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.

Free Language Arts Movies – Interactive educational movies for learning about Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns, Pronouns, and Verbs. In order to successfully complete each online video, your student must watch, and then answer the quiz questions with 80% or higher accuracy. Created by the KidsKnowIt Network.

JumpStart English Worksheets – Free, fun, printable English worksheets for Grades K-5 are a great way for kids to improve their vocabulary, reading, spelling, grammar, communication, and language skills. Click here for some more.

Language Arts Mini Lessons Elementary (K-5)

Language Arts I, II, & III – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.

Middle School Language Arts 6th Grade – The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.

Middle School Language Arts 7th Grade – The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.

Middle School Language Arts 8th Grade – The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.

Grammar

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation – This site contains English usage videos and lessons in basic grammar and punctuation, along with printable practice exercises and fun quizzes (some require a subscription; some are free).

Big Dog’s Grammar – A bare bones guide to English. This site contains explanations of basic grammar along with interactive exercises to help you review.

Daily Grammar Archive – This archive contains links to 440 free grammar lessons and 88 quizzes. Lessons 1-90 cover the eight parts of speech (verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections). Lessons 91-300 cover the parts of the sentence (appositives, predicate nominatives, direct objects, prepositional phrases, clauses, and verbals). Lessons 301-440 cover the mechanics of grammar (capitalization and punctuation).  You can use this archive to study Daily Grammar at your own pace.

English Grammar 101 – Free online grammar lessons. Each lesson contained in English Grammar 101 is completely self correcting. A student may work at his or her own pace. Pretests and final post-tests are provided as a means for monitoring progress. A student may repeat a lesson or module as often as desired for reinforcement of skills. The object of the series is “learning” and not just completing the material. This grammar series may be used for individual study, or as an instructional series for language art classes, alternative education settings, home schooling, or ESL courses. It is also a perfect companion to courses in English composition and writing. The series represents an equivalent of 100 hours of classroom instruction.

English Grammar the Easy Way – Here, you’ll find exercises, lessons, and sentence diagrams which, combined with that powerful brain of yours, will turn you into a grammar pro.

English Lessons and Tests – This site contains some useful practice quizzes.

Grammar Bytes – This site contains an index of grammar terms and rules, interactive exercises, and handouts for students and instructors.

Guide to Grammar & Writing – This site contains a wealth of information and practice quizzes related to grammar and writing.

Grammar Quiz – This site provides a 30-question online grammar test with answers.

Grammar Worksheets for Grades 1-5

Handwriting

Handwriting Worksheets

Punctuation

English Punctuation – Use punctuation marks to make your English clearer and organize your writing.

A Quick Guide to Punctuation – From the editors of
A Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers by Kate L. Turabian.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Spelling

KidsSpell – Free spelling games and activities for kids.

Spelling City – An award-winning online spelling program that makes practicing for spelling tests fun. Over 42,000 spelling words, a real person who says each word and sentence, thousands of free spelling lists (or save your own!), learning activities and games.

Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-5

Storytelling

My StoryMaker – Can a lion share a cupcake with an astronaut? What happens when a pirate meets a fox in the woods? You have the power to decide – meeting new characters, going on great adventures and creating your very own story along the way. My StoryMaker lets you control characters and objects – and creates sentences for you! Once you are done with your story, you can print it out. A Kids Page From the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, “Free to the People Since 1895.”

Storybird – Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun. Storybird reverses the process of visual storytelling by starting with the image and “unlocking” the story inside. Choose an artist or a theme, get inspired, and start writing.

ZooBurst– A digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories come to life. As an educational tool, ZooBurst provides students with new ways in which they can tell stories, deliver presentations, write reports and express complex ideas.

Vocabulary

Vocab Test – SAT vocabulary tests for Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School plus Vocabulary Workshop Practice Tests. Select your vocabulary level and see how you do with these SAT words! Whether you’re cramming for English class, honing your SAT vocabulary, or just plain bored, this site will help boost your verbal skills!

Vocabulary Learning Fun – Free Online Word Games which are specifically designed to build vocabulary skills and to motivate people to learn through fun practice in spelling, phonics, and vocabulary. Playing word and vocabulary games is a valuable part of learning English. By making connections between words and ideas, and between words and pictures, we build vocabulary skills. The fun of English vocabulary games can help both native and foreign speakers of English build their English language vocabulary skills. There are vocabulary word games for all levels of English.

Writing

Better Book Reports – 25 practical book report ideas!

Biography Maker – An interactive, online curriculum that walks children through all the steps of creating an effective, accurate, well-written biography.

Creative Book Reports – Fresh ideas for creative book reports.

The Easy Essay – This is a free site that can teach almost anyone how to organize an essay in just 5 minutes! It’s ideal for SAT, ACT, FCAT or essay exams, reports, business communications, speech organization, and any situation from elementary education to post graduate work where you need to logically prove an idea.

Ideas for Teaching Writing

OWL at Purdue (Online Writing Lab) – Online writing resources and instructional material provided as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue University. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Prewriting—Hatching New Ideas! – This site contains information and strategies for prewriting (gathering ideas). It also includes several printable prewriting activities.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant – This site provides a complete curriculum to walk the writer through all the steps in the writing process. Includes the details of all phases of writing essays including organization, revision, editing, documentation of sources, and specific instruction in how to write informal, thesis/support, argumentative, and exploratory essays. This complete free mini-course in essay writing was developed by Chuck Guilford, a professor of English at Boise State University.

Recipes to Good Writing – Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could teach students how to be good writers by simply following a recipe? This site contains “recipes” for writing an Acrostic Poem, Biography, Book Report, Business Letter, Cinquain Poem, Compare & Contrast Essay, Diamante Poem, Haiku Poem, How-to Article, Journaling, Limerick, News Story, Personal Narrative, Persuasive Essay, Research Paper, and Short Story.

Structure of the Five Paragraph Essay – This site provides a visual guide to the five-paragraph essay along with detailed explanations of its components.

Essay Self-Scoring Checklist – For each question, choose the appropriate answer that best describes your essay.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing Glossary – A list of key terms that appear in Contemporary’s GED Language Arts, Writing. Click on the links within the definitions to view interactive flashcards for the key terms by chapter.

Writing Handbook – These writing terms and tips will help you prepare for the GED Language Arts Writing Test.

Writing Prompts – Author Bill Zimmerman regularly posts writing prompts on his blog. Your written responses to the prompts can be posted there, too, if you send them to him. Writers of all ages and educators throughout the world have made use of his pioneering journaling techniques in communicating their ideas. Bill’s writer prompts blog is part of his website – http://www.billztreasurechest.com – where excerpts from his books are found that also invite visitors to try the interactive prompts featured there. Another page of story writing prompts can be found at Bill’s other website, MakeBeliefsComix.com. And an expanded printables section contains more than 250 graphic writing prompts organized by subject categories! The printables encourage writing and thinking in a quick and fun way. They can be used as the first step in writing longer essays, poems or stories on the same subject. The printables can also be used with students enrolled in literacy and ESL programs, and provide an educational resource for language arts.

Writing Resources – Free resources for teaching writing, from Time4Writing. These free writing resources were pulled directly from their online courses for use in your home or classroom. Categories include: writing skills, writing sentences, writing paragraphs, writing essays, writing mechanics, standardized test writing, and teaching writing. Each category includes a selection of fun writing games, instructional videos, printable writing worksheets and other writing tools that are topic specific and related to each category.

Writing to PersuadeWhen writing to persuade you should use evidence to support your viewpoint, consider views that are against your viewpoint, and present a strong conclusion.

Basic Composition Worksheet on Topic Sentences – This site contains tips for writing a good topic sentence and a practice exercise.

Reference

OneLook – An online dictionary.

Yahoo Reference Dictionary

Dictionary of Difficult Words

Online Rhyming Dictionary

Bartleby.com – A comprehensive reference site that includes Oxford Shakespeare, King James Bible, Gray’s Anatomy, grammar reference, presidential speeches, famous quotations, and more.

Children’s Writings – Links to writing pages for children.

University of Kentucky Division of Classics – A glossary of rhetorical terms, with examples – for older students.

Guide to Grammar and Writing – Spelling help and more.

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How To Solve The Mysteries Of Weak Writing – Bonnie Trenga’s guide to grammar and style.

Garner’s Modern American Usage – Bryan Garner’s classic guide to writing more effectively.

The Little, Brown Handbook – H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron collaborate in this timeless reference guide to using the English language.

Punctuation Made Simple

How to Write an A+ Research Paper

Step-by-Step Research Guide & Outline Maker

Guide to Grammar and Style – Professor Jack Lynch of Rutgers University Guide to Grammar and Style. Helpful for sophisticated writers.

The OWL at Purdue (Online Writing Lab) – Writing resources and instructional material provided as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue University. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

WriteShop: An Incremental Writing Program – Teaching writing has never been easier! WriteShop helps homeschooling parents teach writing with confidence. The program covers descriptive, informative, narrative, and essay writing using detailed lesson plans and step-by-step student instructions. Includes checklists, evaluation forms, and tips for easy grading. WriteShop I for grades 6-10, WriteShop II for grades 8-12.

Writing Worksheets

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