The following sites will serve as resources for using the Internet to support the writing process.

 

  The Kids on the Web: Homework Tools

This site includes the Webster's Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, World Fact Book, and Acronymns and Abreviations.  Also included are historical maps, resources for helping your child with homework, and various information from Shakespeare to world maps.

 

  Multicultural Pavilion

This site includes lessons that involve students and increase awareness of themselves and make connections with each other. Students write short poems to describe in their words who they are and what is important to their identity.

 

  Authors & Illustrators on the Web

The Internet has become a great source of information about a great many children's writers and illustrators. The websites listed here include authors' personal websites and websites maintained by fans, scholars, and readers.

 

  Treasure Island

This site provides resources for teachers to enhance the reading of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic buccaneer novel. Over the course of seven weeks, studentsl learn of the adventures of young Jim Hawkins and the crew of the ill-fated Hispaniola. Additionally, students create projects built around "pirate" themes that are both learning experiences and fun!!

 

  Kids Identifying and Discovering Sites

The KIDS Report is a biweekly publication produced by K-12 students as a resource to other K-12 students. It is an ongoing, cooperative effort of 12 classrooms from around the United States. Teachers assist and provide support, however students select and annotate all resources included in every issue of the KIDS Report.

 

  The Life of Helen Keller

Helen Keller selected the American Foundation for the Blind as the repository for her papers and memorabilia, and under the terms of her will bequeathed these treasures to AFB. The Helen Keller Archives, at AFB's national headquarters in New York City, contain The Helen Keller Papers, The Helen Keller Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection, The Helen Keller Photograph Collection, and Books from Helen Keller's Library. This archive is not only a unique collection of material about an extraordinary woman, but an extremely important American historical asset.

 

  SuperKids

SuperKids is a website for parents and teachers. SuperKids provides: Reviews and ratings of educational software, Practical and fun tools for online and offline use, News about important educational issues, Views of visionaries and policymakers.

 

  A Celebration of Women Writers

The Celebration of Women Writers recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history. Women have written almost every imaginable type of work: novels, poems, letters, biographies, travel books, religious commentaries, histories, economic and scientific works. Our goal is to promote awareness of the breadth and variety of women's writing.

 

  Electronic Archives for Teaching American Literatures

The Electronic Archives contain essays, syllabi, bibliographies, and other resources for teaching the multiple literatures of the United States. The Archives are designed as a complementary resource to the electronic discussion list.

 

  Electronic Texts and Interactive Platforms in Americn Literature

This site includes works of Poe, Faulkner, Twain, and Emily Dickinson.  It also includes the American Literature Survey Site.   This site contains the following texts: McTeague, by Frank Norris, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Bartleby the Scrivener, by Herman Melville, Rip Van Winkle, by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, The White Heron, by Sarah Orne Jewett, My Kinsman Major Molineaux, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

 

  Classroom Connect

Classroom Connect could beconsidered as your "homebase" on the Internet for education-related resources, products, information and support. The mission of Classroom Connect is to empower teachers to achieve their goals for students by enhancing the classroom learning experience.

 

  TeachersNet

This site includes chatboards, lesson plans, teaching tools, teacher job listings and career resources, referecnce desk and curriculum tools.

 

  Education World

This site includes lesson plans in many area of the curriculum.  Some lessons are collaborative in nature, having students work with other schools around the nation.

 

  OzKidz

Using this site your school can subscribe to Oz Kidz In Print. Students submit their work. Best entries are published on the Internet as well as receive a prize. It's a great way to motivate children to write!

 

  We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

Oz first started as a book, which grew into an entire series of books. They were first written by one man, but others wrote more books after him, and more books are being added to the series even now. There have also been many movies, plays, television productions and videotapes, toys, games, dolls, clothes, conventions, clubs, and an international fan following. Oz fans and those who want to learn more can find something they like here.

 

  Multicultrual Name Game

This activity works toward bringing the stories of individuals to the fore in the multicultural experience. Ask participants to write short (1 - 2 pages) stories about their names. Leave the assignment open to individual interpretation as much as possible, but if asked for more specific instructions, suggest some or all of the following possibilities for inclusion in their stories: Who gave you your name? Why? What is the ethnic origin of your name? What are your nicknames, if any? What do you prefer to be called?

 

  Berit's Best Sites for Children

This is a directory of safe, recommended Web sites for children up to age 12.

 Mary Ann Coe, D. Ed.
Midwestern State University
Updated: December 2001