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Banned Books Week
Mapping Censorship
Banned Books Week 2014
Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Frequently challenged books
120 Banned Books - Censorship Histories of World Literature

Argumentation – Debate
List of Fallacious Arguments
Logical Fallacies
Logical Resource
Description of Fallacies
How we change what others think, believe, feel, and do
AP Language and Composition
AUSTHINK - Argument Mapping
Special K Ads
The Argument Comic Strips

Book Lists
Modern Library 100 best nonfiction books
Great Books Lists
Popular Allegorical Books

Close Reading
“We all begin as close readers. Even before we learn to read, the process of being read aloud to, and of listening, is one in which we are taking in one word after another, one phrase at a time, in which we are paying attention to whatever each word or phrase is transmitting. Word by word is how we learn to hear and then read, which seems only fitting, because that is how the books we are reading were written in the first place.” from Learning to write by learning to read by Francine Prose
Doing CLOSE READINGS
– 1. How to Do a Close Reading 2. Steps for Close Reading 3. Close Reading Example: “The Lady of Shalott” 4. Close Reading of a Literary Passage 5. What is Close Reading? 6. Getting an A on an English Paper: Close Reading — Professors in every department want well-researched papers with good theses. Professors in English departments also want to see that you can read closely, paying excruciatingly close attention to the details of language. 7. NEW CRITICISM & Close Reading 8. Close Reading Guide 9. Writing about Fiction
What is Close Reading?
Steps for Close Reading or Explication de texte: patterns, polarities, problems, paradigm, puzzles, perception
Dr. McClennen’s Close Reading Guide – HOW TO DO A CLOSE READING
Getting an A on an English Paper – Jack Lynch,Rutgers University – Newark

Dictionaries
Cooldictionary.com – Free edition of a complete Webster dictionary. Fully crosslinked.  Webster Dictionary with PRONUNCIATION and Sound.
OneLook Dictionaries – Look up a word or term in an Internet dictionary or glossary. Free search access to a frequently updated database of words, terms, names, and acronyms.
AllWords.com – Features two modern English dictionaries, multilingual search, and translation. Also features a guide to language sites on the web and a language discussion forum
Cambridge International Dictionaries – Free online dictionary from Cambridge University Press.
DICT Development Group – A WWW interface to several freely available on-line dictionaries, including Webster’s 1913, the Jargon File, the US Gazetteer, and Easton’s Bible Dictionary.
Dictionaries and Translation – List of links to dictionaries on the Internet.
Reference.com – Dictionaries
yourDictionary.com – Comprehensive index of on-line dictionaries in more than 200 different languages. Includes an index of on-line grammars, word of the day by email, and several pages of linguistic fun.
Shakespeare’s Words

Literary/Rhetorical
American Rhetoric – Rhetoric devices in sound – Rhetorical Figures in Sound is a compendium of 200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 40 different figures of speech. Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek and Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period. For each rhetorical device, definitions and examples, written and audio, are provided. Audio examples are taken from public speeches and sermons, movies, songs, lectures, oral interpretations of literature, and other media events. Some artifacts have been edited further to make the devices easier to detect. In the interest of diversity, I have included a range of voices and perspectives.
Glossary of Literary Terms – A Glossary of Literary Terms – Robert Harris – “a writer and educator with more than 25 years of teaching experience at the college and university level.”
Strategies for Teaching Toulmin - Resources from College Online : A Classroom Strategy for Teaching Toulmin
Toulmin’s Analysis – Stephen Toulmin, a modern rhetorician, believed that few arguments actually follow classical models of logic like the syllogism, so he developed a model for analyzing the kind of argument you read and hear every day–in newspapers and on television, at work, in classrooms, and in conversation.
MYTH MAN’S AWARD-WINNING HOMEWORK HELP CENTER - I now offer nearly 200 pages to help you with your mythology projects, including something like 700 pictures…and still no sign of slowing down!
Literary Terms Dictionary
H O M E R I S M S (No, not Greek poetry.) – Figures of Speech from “The Simpsons”
Letter of Notes – Correspondence deserving a wider audience
The Contrary Opinion Buttons
Proverbs and Sayings and Phrases
Read – Write – Think Lesson Plans Classroom Resources from NCTE
Literary Devices Definition and Examples of Literary Terms

Literature
Arthurian Links - This page contains links to selected Arthurian (and non-Arthurian) sites on the WWW along with (at the bottom of the page) a brief section of advice on which books and essays in the main bibliographies should be consulted first.
Project Gutenberg – Welcome to Project Gutenberg and choose among 18,000 free electronic books (eBooks)
Literary Resources – Miscellaneous
Macbeth Plugged – “an annotated, on-line version of the Shakespearean tragedy”
THE LITERARY WEB – The Literary Resources section is a compilation of the most important literary resources and links on the Internet for people who are interested in reading, studying, researching, and teaching literature.
The Tragedy of Macbeth – Entire play
Enjoying “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare by Ed Friedlander, M.D.
Enjoying “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare Ed Friedlander, M.D.
Hamlet Online – searchable
Macbeth Online – searchable
Literature Online - searchable
Shakespeare’s Words
Taylor Mali
Short Story Collection
The Steinbeck Institute – Teacher Resources
Literary World Count
Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Guide
Forgotten Books  – republishes thousands of classic works that are in the public dom
Faded Page - Canadian ebooks

Movies and Television
Movie Clips – The New York Times “Movie Shorts for Short Attention Spans”
Teachers TV – Schools
Teacher Tube  
Teach with Movies

BritishPathe
Movie Scripts and Screen Plays (Excellent)

Music
Music and Nationalism – This text is part of the Internet Modern History Sourcebook. ©Paul Halsall Aug 1997, revised July 1998
KMFA FM – Classically Austin 89.5 – Celebrating 39 years of Classically Austin radio!
A Brief Timeline of American Literature, Music, and Movies 1920-1929
Folk Den
- Roger McGuinn in the folk tradition
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection - The Max Hunter Collection is an archive of almost 1600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976.
Child Ballads – Max Hunter Folk Song Collection
Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and America
Library of Congress – The American Folklife Center
Official Site of Spirituals
American Folksong Collection
Kodaly Downloads
Classics for Kids
Organization of American Kodaly Educators
The British Kodaly Academy

The best explanation of the Kodaly concept can be found here
American Folk Songs includes sheet music
Song Facts

Newspapers, Magazines, and Cartoons
American Online Columnists – Not a Blog! 700+ columnists from newpapers around the country.
Arts and Letters Daily – “Our motto, ‘Veritas odit moras,’ is from line 850 of Seneca’s version of Oedipus. It means ‘Truth hates delay.'”
Media Awareness Network – Welcome! Are you looking for practical teaching units and classroom activities for media education? Do you have great ideas to share with other teachers? This is the place for you! We invite your comments and your contributions. To keep us relevant, keep in touch.
Herblock’s History – Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium
Daryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonists Index
Marty Kaplan

Poetry
Representative Poetry Online – Thank you University of Toronto! An extensive poetry site. Search by title, author, first line or keyword.
Guide to Poetry and Literature Webcasts – Complied by Richard Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
Sonnet
Welcome to Sonnet Central
, an archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work.
Oldpoetry – Learn from the poetic wisdom of the ages at Old poetry.

Reading and the Brain
Reading in the Brain

Reference
Latin and Greek root index – Many technical terms, names of biological structures, and names of taxa, are formed from Greek and Latin roots. If you are familiar with these roots, you can ‘translate’ the technical terms into English.
Your Dictionary – “…a rich array of language resources available at the Web of On-line Dictionaries” This site also gives you the root/roots of the words.
Bartleby – “The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.”
Round Rock District Documentation guidelines - “Round Round High School students need to use these guidelines in EVERY CLASS that requires ANY level of research and consultation of outside sources.”
What is Plagiarism at Indiana University? – A Short Quiz and Concept Lesson by Ted Frick
The Internet Public Library – Literary Criticism – Contains links to various literary criticism web sites.
Voice of the Shuttle – Link to extensive resources related to most aspects of the humanities. “VoS emphasizes both primary and secondary (or theoretical) resources, and defines its audience as people who have something to learn from a higher-education, professional approach to the humanities (which in practice has included students and instructors from the elementary school, high school, and general population sectors).”
Using Modern Language Association (MLA) Format – “MLA style also specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing and also provides a writers with a system for cross-referencing their sources–from their parenthetical references to their works cited page.”
The Reference Desk – the Single best source for Facts
The Pulitzer Prizes
Capture the moment
- The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
U.S. Government Graphics and Photos - Sources for synthesis and research papers, visual interpretation exercises
Merriam-Webster Online
Brainy Quotes
http://easybib.com/ The Automatic Bibliography & Citation Maker
Son of Citation Machine  “Serving student and professional researchers since 2001″
Mythology – What is it?
Fun with words
Letters of Note
Jim Burke – Digital Textbook

Vocabulary
Word Roots… your Quick Reference – Good spellers make sure they confidently know the “building blocks” of the English language – prefixes, suffixes and word roots.
Understanding a word’s meaning and getting the spelling right is much easier if you understand these components.
How fast do you read? – Simple reading test. Gives you an idea about how long it might take you to finish a book.
Study Reading and Recall Check – Improving people’s reading since 1988
Latin and Greek root index – Many technical terms, names of biological structures, and names of taxa, are formed from Greek and Latin roots. If you are familiar with these roots, you can ‘translate’ the technical terms into English.

Writing and Grammar
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) – An entire grammar book and style manual on your computer screen!
WritingFix and the 6 + 1 Traits – A non-profit site for writers and teachers. This free site is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project and the National Writing Project “The 6 + 1 Traits Model helps students, teachers, and writers think about writing analytically.”
Grammar Slammer!  Welcome to Grammer Slammer, the help file that goes beyond a grammar checker.  Use it as you would any help file.
Guide to Grammer and Style by Jack Lynch
Brain Researchers Discover the Evolutionary Traces of Grammar – Max Planck researchers in Leipzig show that linguistic rules are processed in two phylogenetically different brain regions
ODEGAARD Writing and Research Center

And there’s more……
Babylon – Will give you a brief history of the city of Babylon.
College Home Pages – Wow! What a time saver! This site will link you to any U.S. 2 or 4 year college home page. You can explore the campus, course descriptions and the application process (including application essay topics). You may even apply electronically to some colleges and universities.
Historical Development of Flags – The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2005, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
BBC Art and Literature – “Whether it’s art, literature or source materials that interest you most – they are all good routes to finding clues to our history.”
Did I Miss Anything – Question frequently asked by students after missing a class
The Scarlet Plague by Jack London
By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benet

Interesting School Links for teachers
Links for K-12 Teachers – Helping teachers use the Internet effectively
Welcome to the ERIC Database – “The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world’s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free. ERIC is moving forward with its modernization program, and has begun acquiring materials for addition to the database.”
Comics/Cartoons
Pun of the day
Teacher jokes and humor
My Comics
Editorial Cartoons
Tongue Twisters
Tongue Twisters 2
Glasbergen Cartoons
Edutopia
Education Extras – How to publish your own TeacherTube Video
Edsitement – AP Literature and Composition Resources
Jim Burke:  English Companion
AP Practice Exams
MsEffie’s LifeSavers
Searchable TEKs database 
“ClassDojo makes it easy to keep  students alert and on-task.”
Those were the Days
Dr. Wheeler’s Web site 
Engage the class using any device
ONLY THE BEST SHORT FILMS
Communicate Like MLK and Change the World
Mr. Gunnar’s AP English Classes
Teaching Resources – Voice of the Shuttle (excellent)
Project Zero (link)

Words and Quotations
Word of the Day
Word of the Day 2 (Archive)
Pangloss Wisdom
Quotation of the Day
Quotations

Science and History
Astronomy Picture of the Day
HubbleSite
Fun Science Facts

Reference
Arts and Letters Daily
Reference, Facts, News
Those Were the Days
Bartleby.com:  Great Books Online — Quotations

English
Shakespearean Insulter
Shakespeare Insults Dictionary
Common Errors in English Usage
100 Words Every High School Graduate and their Parents should know
Poetry 180 – A Poem A Day
Homophones, American English
Grammar Bytes!  Grammar Instruction

K/1 Songs

Finger Plays Games K/1 Songs Music

Austin Discovery School – Music – K/1
A list of songs, finger plays, and games.

K/1 Songs
Celebration
Celebration, Celebration, this is a special occasion.
Celebration, Celebration, this is a special day.
Do Not Bump
The game is not to bump another,
Never touch or crowd the other.
This may be quite hard, I know,
But eyes will tell you where to go.
Use your eyes and find a space;
With hand outstretched to lead the way,
Tiptoe quickly there to stay,
But Never, Never, BUMP!
Walking on the line
Walking on the line. We’re walking on the line. Very, very, carefully walking on the line.
Closet key
I lost my closet key in some lady’s garden.  I lost my closet key in some lady’s garden.
Help me find my closet key in some lady’s garden.  Help me find my closet key in some lady’s garden.
I found my closet key in some lady’s garden.  I found my closet key in some lady’s garden.
Little Sally /Johnny Water
Little Sally Water sitting in a saucer.  Rise, Sally.  Rise, Sally.  Wipe away your tears, Sally.
Turn to the east, Sally; turn to the west, Sally; turn to the one who’s doing the best, Sally.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  I caught a little fish alive.  Why did you let him go?  Because he bit my finger so.  Which finger did he bite?  The little finger on the right.
Five little mice
Five little mice came out to play; gathering crumbs along the way.  Out came the kitty cat , slick and fat.  Four little mice went scampering back.
(Continue counting down to “no little mice went scampering back”)
Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoe.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear that will do.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear go up stairs.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn off the light.  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say goodnight.
Round and round the circle
Round and round the circle go the happy children.  Go up to the lilac bush.  Birdie fly away—hush, hush.
Old King Glory
Old King Glory of the mountain.  The mountain was so high; it nearly reached the sky.  The first one, the second one, the third follow me.
One little elephant
One little elephant balancing, step by step on a piece of string.  He/She/They thought it was such an amusing stunt the he/she/they called in another little elephant.
Down in the meadow
Down in the meadow, hop a doodle, hop a doodle.  Down in the meadow, hop a doodle do.  Down in the meadow the colt began to prance, the cow began to whistle, and the pig began to dance. Down in the barnyard, hop a doodle, hop a doodle.  Down in the barnyard, hop a doodle do.  Down in the barnyard the goose began to sing, the hen began to cackle, as the rooster flapped a wing.
Caterpillar
Caterpillar crawling round.  Trying not to make a sound.  Comes a magpie in the sky.  Caterpillar—bye, bye.
We are dancing
We are dancing in the forest while wolf is far away.  Who knows what will happen to us if he finds us at our play.  Wolf are you there?
I am putting on my socks/shoes/hat/
Here I am.
Bought me a cat