Web Sites for Educators

Web Sites for Educators

(Be aware that sites come and go as quickly as the clouds pass by. If you discover

a site that has changed or is no longer operating, please notify me by email. If you need specific help with

any web-related material, email me and I will try to locate some sites that will help.)

Sites of SJSU Professors

Dr. Janice E. Patten’s Site: http://theliterarylink.com
This site is designed for students and educators interested in studying literature in the following categories: Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Romanticism, Nineteenth Century Literature, Short Stories, Poetry, Gothic literature, English Education, TeachingTechniques, Lesson Plans, Composition, and Literary Theory. There is also a message board, and a large collection of links to other sites. If you know of site that is helpful or have one yourself, contact the webmaster ([email protected]) to have it added.

Dr. David Mesher’s Site: http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/jwss/mesher/
This site has links to the Jewish Studies Program at SJSU, as well as annotations for novels studied in English 123, World Literature. These include Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven. There is also a link to Mission Critical, an interactive site dedicated to critical thinking.

Dr. Angela Noelle Williams’s Site: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/awilliams/
This site has individual links to classes this professor has taught: English 169, 195, 1B, and 201. Each link has further links for additional resources of study for the course. It has recently added much valuable information about Asian/American literature.

The Library at SJSU offers a wealth of sources for students. SJSU electronic links.

The English Department: Useful Sources for Writers and Researchers
This site provides many helpful links for students and teachers.

Literary Locales – also from The English Department web site:
A link with more than 300 picture links to the places that figure in the lives and writings of famous authors, arranged alphabetically and chronologically, includes Shakespeare’s Stratford-On-Avon, John Milton’s cottage and Chaucer’s Canterbury.

State Standards for English Language Arts—-Kindergarten through 12th grademessage first


K through 11 and 12th grades

ELD—Pdf file

Curriculum and Instruction

Reading and Language Arts

Standards, Assessment and Professional Development

Recommended Literature for grades K through 12
ELD standards and Assessment

Sites with Lesson Plans and Other Educational Links

A Lesson Plan Outline: from Patten and Mitchell
Provides a bare-bones outline to be filled in.

This site offers collaborative lesson plans in separate categories by grade level.


This site offers a multitude of lesson plans on many different instructional levels as well as different subject matters

The New York Times Daily Lesson Plan Sitehttp://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/index.html–

http://www.awesomelibrary.org/This is another site with links to lesson plans. Categories include reading, writing, public speaking, and drama, among others.

http://fyi.cnn.com/2001/fyi/lesson.plans/12/10/nobel.prize/ CNN has a number of well-done lesson plans on a variety of topics

http://www.edhelper.com/downloads25.htm–innovative ways of teaching students grammar and diction on-line

http://www.schoolexpress.com/–Free worksheets for download, with more being added all the time.

http://www.rhlschool.com/–more free worksheets, specifically for the study of English

http://www.edhelper.com/language/language.html–a detailed listing for free worksheets

Lesson Plans-http://www.lessonplanspage.com/LA.htm–pick the appropriate grade level


LESSON bank–http://teachers.net/lessons/



Try to guess what this one is about 😉 This is a very helpful tool for the classroom.

Believe it or not, this site has great information for doing lesson plans. Use the search page.

AskERIC just about anything regarding education, including lesson plans. A very informative site.

Top Websites Lesson Plans in the Schools (click on lesson plans). This site brings together some of the best of the humanities on the web.

Encyclopedia Britannica Home Page

You don’t have to run out and buy an entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica. It’s available online with links to web sites related to whatever it is you search for on their main page.

This site has links to lesson plans that integrate "technology," i.e. the web, educational software, and more. The lesson plans are broken down by category, such as music or language arts.

http://atozteacherstuff.com/lessons/ This site borders on commercial, but still contains useful information on lesson plans, links to thematic units, teaching, educational resources for teachers, message boards, informative articles on teaching, and a link to an online bookstore.

Another great site with links to finding lesson plans in specific areas, such as physical education, literature, and music. There are several other great links on this site, such as links on special education, teacher-created web sites, and a special downloads link for free, educational software. You can also sign up for a newsletter on this page. There is also a store on this site.

This site has links with information on lesson plans (broken down by subject matter and grade level), teaching strategies, professional development, a search engine, and a bookstore. It is a fantastic resource covering a broad range of important topics in the educational field.

Sites on Grammar

Guide To Grammar and Writing
This site is a compendium of English grammar, usage, and writing information at the sentence, paragraph, and essay levels. Each section contains easily understood information about concepts related to the topic. Most sections contain answered quizzes.

The English Institute
This page is indexed like a grammar book. There are links to individual grammatical concepts with explanations and examples, with additional links for testing one’s grammar.

On-line Writing Program at Purdue University
From basic information to advanced, this site offers clear help in all aspects of the mechanics of writing.

Guide to Grammar and Style, by Jack Lynch
This site contains links to articles on grammar usage and style. Also has a search engine.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
A searchable, very helpful guide to fundamentals. A must for everyone who wants to be sure about grammar and punctuation.

Book Reports: Over 100 innovative ways to have Students give book reports. bookrepts.html


THE Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus site:

The Early Modern English Dictionaries Database
This online database offers access to 127,000 word-entries from eleven dictionaries from 1530 to 1657. Several search options are available and users may select individual dictionaries or all of them. Additional resources at the site include a helpful overview of EMEDD, and short piece on Renaissance word meaning, a select bibliography, and dictionary profiles.


http://www.rcs.k12.va.us/csjh/mytholog.htm–a super place to begin

http://www.iwebquest.com/greece/teachers3.htm--this site will offer teachers specific help on teaching this unit

Encompassing mythology, folklore, and legend, the Encyclopedia Mythica – a collaborative reference resource with over 150 contributors – contains more than 4400 definitions of mythical and legendary figures and almost 200 images. Users may search the entire work by keyword or browse by topic areas. The browseable index is available in both a frames and non-frames version. The unique Miscellanea section compliments the numerous entries on gods, creatures, and heroes with pronunciation guides, maps, geneology tables, brief histories and ancient peoples, lists of deities and ancient feast days, and the linguistic origins for the names of days, months, and celestial bodies.

http://www.mythweb.com/teachers/tips/tips.html–teaching myths

http://www.adolescentlit.com/article1014.html–articles and other links about teaching myths

Shakespeare–be careful here that sites don’t popularize Shakespeare….His texts are not all equal.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
This site contains a host of resources for Shakespeare studies. The core of the site is the collection of annotated scholarly resources, arranged by topic. These include Works, Life and Times, Theatre, Criticism, and Educational resources. In addtion, the site offers a list of top-rated sites as well as a collection of non-scholarly Shakespeare links. A number of resources are located at the site, such as a Shakespeare Timeline/biography (requires frames), a geneological chart, bibliography, and a timeline summary chart that places the events of Shakespeare’s life into historical context.

http://chemicool.com/Shakespeare/–Shakespeare’s works on line.

Sites on Learning Theories

George Washington University’s page with links to individual learning theories with brief explanations.

Adventures in Learning
Information on Classroom Assessment Techniques.

This site has brief explanations of some of the more common learning theories.

From Net Lessons: Web-Based Projects for Your Classroom. The following list of web sites was taken from the book Net Lessons: Web-Based Projects for Your Classroom, written by Laura Parker Roerden.

Education on the Internet
This site has lesson plans and information geared toward environmental education.

Collaborative Lesson Archive K-12
This site has links to lesson plans that are broken down by grade level. When you click on a link for a particular grade, you are then redirected to a page with lesson plans on art, music, reading, writing, and several other areas, which are developed for that particular grade level.

Teachers Helping Teachers
This site has links to lesson plans and other educational resources. It is updated weekly throughout the school year.

Books Online
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/ This site has a full listing of books available online.

Library of Congress
An excellent resource, includes photos from the Civil War, samples of African music, links to sites featuring Latin and Greek literature classics, and much more.

Education World
Features the top 10,000 education sites to where you can search by keyword, topic, or check out award winning sites.

Newspapers Online
Newpapers from around the world, including local newspapers–an excellent source for internet activities.

More General Sources

Arts and Letters Daily –a wonderful place to find all the latest information about the Arts and Letters http://www.cybereditions.com/aldaily/

Mark Harden’s Artchive
Full listing of art for screen savers to museum quality clips from major and minor artists and art history.

Art Treasures
Art from the far and near east.

Award-winning site from the Australian National University, includes more than 16,000 images, as well as art tutorials for students. Best for the secondary level.

Time Life Photo Sight
From Time-Life’s famous archives.


Elements of Literature
For definitions of literary terms.

The Voice of the Shuttle: from UC Santa Barbara
This is a very comprehensive site for studying literature of all kinds, mostly from a scholarly perspective.

Online Writing Lab
Features information on correct usage, avoiding sexist language, and links to other resources for writing help.

Carnegie-Mellon’s English Server–http://english-www.hss.cmu.edu
For literature links.

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/mwwod.pl

American Literature Survey Site–http://www.georgetown.edu/tamlit/e-texts/e-texts.html
A really thorough site for studying American Lit, provides discussion of great works online.

a really nice overview of many sites devoted to American Literature

A guide to Arthurian sites on the web.

An interactive approach to the Arthurian legends– http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Edu/RSE/RSEblue/arthur/artidu.html

Timeless Mythshttp://www.cultures.com/greek_resources/greek_encyclopedia/greek_encyclopedia_home.html–a home page to many of the myths of the world

Media Literacy

Video Placement Worldwide
http://www.vpw.com/ Provides videos and other classroom materials free of charge.

Modern Educator Resource Center
Offers Media services, resources for K-12 and a list including where to find free and loaned videos.

Starting Points for Educators http://mtsd.k12.wi.us/MTSD/Staff_Development/curriculum/TSPgreattchnetB.html
Includes ideas for internet lessons using on-line materials.

The Discovery Channel School
Media literacy tips, resources, and much more.


Webrings are very useful. If a web site signs up to be a part of a web ring, that site is part of a larger "ring" of sites with information on a similar area of interest. The site will have a banner on its page indicating what type of webring it is associated with, and clicking on this banner will connect the user to other sites of the same type. Here are some webrings centered around educational information to get you started:

The A+ Thematic Units Webring
A webring that connects sites with lesson plans.

Ring of Academia
This ring connects educational sites that cover a whole range of topics: distance learning, online training for tutors, research, teaching, and more.

Educational Technology Webring
This ring contains educational technology resource links for higher education professionals. Only professional sites related to academia will be linked (after a review of educational content).

Student Teacher Education Webring
The Student Teacher Education Webring aims to provide a network of sites that will assist student teachers all around the world with useful information that is pertinent to teacher training studies. Basically, if a site has educational content it is classed as having something to offer Student Teachers and Teachers.

Teachers.net Webring
More lesson plans and other teaching ideas.

The ScholarStuff Webring
Ring for educational related websites. This includes commercial, organizational, & personal homepages (schools, teachers, students, etc).

The Worksheet Webring
This ring is for anyone having a site with free printable worksheets. For the grades Preschool-12. It can also be for anyone having printable pages, like flash cards and coloring pages. The worksheets can be of any subject. Examples: English, Math, Reading, Phonics.

Downloadable Screen-savers from the art world–http://www.1art.com/screensaver-down.htm
Fascinating screen savers for artistic and literary tastes.

The Quotation Page–A very up-to-date quotations page, searchable, and varied—http://theliterarylink.com/quotes.html

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations–http://www.bartleby.com/99/

A source for learning html documentation http://www.cwru.edu/help/introHTML/toc.html

Animated Gifs, counters, backgrounds, lots of stuff for creating web pages and all free-http://www.fg-a.com/gifs.html