ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

ABC Teach

Abcteach designs tools to help teachers create the documents they need for their classrooms: tools for creating handwriting worksheets, crossword puzzles, shapebooks, word walls, word unscrambles, word searches, math worksheets, and sudoku.

Animals, Myths and Legends

Explore this collection of myths and legends, read postcards and stories from the animals and have fun playing games and puzzles.  More Native American legends and Aesop fables have been added to the collection.

Authors Websites:

BC Ministry of Education ESL: Policy, Guidelines & Resources

Excellent website for British Columbia educators of ESL, including best teaching practices guidelines.

Jan Brett

Jan Brett's website offers activities and downloadable art for classroom or non-commercial use.

British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts

The BCTELA is a provincial specialist association of the BCTF.  This site provides professional development and communication opportunities as well as access to resources and related links.

Canadian Review of Materials CM Magazine

Book reviews, media reviews, and author profiles of interest to teachers, librarians, parents and kids.

Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers

The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers is a group of professionals in the field of children's culture.  Promotion of children's literature is supported through newsletters, workshops, meetings and other information programs. The Links and Resources page provides links to Children's Literature organizations & Periodicals, Writer & Illustrator Resources, as well as Web Catalogues and Directories.

CanLit for Kids

CanLit for Kids promotes excellent quality, current, Canadian books, previewed by experienced librarians and selected for the curriculum for Elementary and Middle School libraries.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.

Children's Literature Webguide

Internet resources related to books for children and young adults.  A great source of information about children's writers and illustrators, as well as children's themes, publishers, etc.

Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia

CWILLBC is a volunteer, cooperative organization of published B.C. writers and illustrators for children.  They provide support and information about creating literary works for young people, communicate with other arts groups, schools  and libraries, and help each other promote and publicize literary works.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement

The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) is a national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities; teacher educators; teachers; publishers of texts, tests, and technology; professional organizations; and schools and school districts across the US.

Dave's ESL Cafe

The Internet's meeting place for ESL/EFL students and teachers from around the world.  The ESL Cafe includes discussion forums, tools, activities, software and webguide links.

Education World : Fairy Tale Ethics

Start a spirited classroom debate on ethics by exploring the complex messages often found in fairy tales. In this Education World story, guest editor Elaine L. Lindy introduces three tales -- Puss in Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk, and a Tibetan tale, From the Elephant Pit -- that can be used for starters! Included: Tips for managing an ethics debate in the elementary or middle school classroom!

English as a Second Language/Dialect Provincial Specialist Association

This site includes databases and resources for parents and teachers of ESL students.  A link is provided for Teaching to Diversity which is a joint project  of three British Columbia Provincial Specialist Associations in support of special needs students in mainstream classrooms.

English Raven

The English Raven site developed by Jason Renshaw includes ESL/EFL Resources, teacher tools, activity ideas by skill, as well as phonics and grammar resources among others.

Eric Carle Website

The official website of author, illustrator Eric Carle offers the Caterpillar Exchange, a bulletin board where teachers and parents using Eric Carle books in creative ways can submit their ideas.

ETS TOEFL

Providing information about the English language proficiency test that colleges and universities around the world have relied on for over 40 years, to help guide their admission and placement decisions.

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts

A comprehensive collection of Folklore and Mythology links edited and/or translated by D.L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh. Incl. Folk and Fairytale links

International Phonetic Alphabet on Unicode

SAMPA (Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet) is a machine-readable phonetic alphabet.

International Reading Association

The International Reading Association is a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages, whose members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all.

Internet TESL Journal

This monthly web journal for teachers of English as a Second Language provides articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas & links.

Media Awareness Network

Media Awareness Network provides one of the world's most comprehensive collections of media and digital literacy resources. The For Teachers section includes over 200 lessons and supporting materials aligned with provincial and territorial media education outcomes for Grades K-12.

PIKA

Canadian Children's Literature Database.  In addition to the National Library of Canada's collection of 35,000 Canadian children's books, features from high-quality sources have been added such as the subject headings system and book summaries. The PIKA database is a search tool for Canadian Children's literature designed to help children and teachers find just the right book on a specific topic.

Read, Write, Think

Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

Reading Online

Reading on-line is an on-line only publication of the International Reading Association offering peer-reviewed articles, reviews and website recommendations as an archived collection.

Robert Munsch

The official Robert Munsch site includes his biography, descriptions of each book which can also be downloaded for listening, letters and art from children, among other activities.

Scripts for Schools

Scripts for Schools publishes Readers Theater and Choral Speaking scripts intended to assist teachers in promoting an interest in stories and reading in the classroom. A total of 160 script titles have been published to date, developed by Lois Walker and a team of skilled teacher-writers.  They are geared to many different reading levels and encompass different curriculum areas such as social studies, science, and literature.

Seussville

An interactive Dr. Seuss site for kids, providing biography , games, and a catalog of related materials.

Starfall

The Starfall learn-to-read website provides teachers with an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and to inspire a love of reading and writing. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall.com is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade and is also perfect for Home Schooling.

Stories to Grow By

Stories to Grow By presents top-notch fairy tales that promote positive ethics. Includes stories, scripts and learning activities.

Story Arts

Heather Forest, award winning storyteller & author, is Founder and Executive Director of Story Arts, a cultural arts organization in Huntington, New York that presents storytelling concerts and workshops in schools, theatres, and community centers in the Long Island, New York area. The Story Arts website provides resources for Storytelling in the Classroom, Lesson Plans & Activities, Story Arts Theatre and a Curriculum Ideas Exchange.

Today in Literature

Today in Literature features a new original biographical story each calendar day about the great writers, books and events in literary history.

UVic's Language Teaching Clipart

The University of Victoria Language Teaching Clipart library consists of about 3000 images to aid in the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages.  The characters and objects depicted are as culturally neutral as possible.

Writing Fix

WritingFix is organized around the 6-Trait Model of writing, which is an analytic way of thinking about writing skills.  The Writing Fix website is dedicated to giving students and teachers a better ability to use 6-Trait language in the classroom.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:      Descriptions are compiled from information provided within the sites.