Ohio Reading Road Trip
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General Links for Teachers

Ohio Reading Road Trip has gathered many of the best online resources for teachers to use in the middle school classroom. There are two groups in this list. The first part is made up of general links designed to help teachers address issues facing them in teaching language arts, literature, reading and writing. The next section offers links to lesson plans for some of the authors included in ORRT.

Cuyahoga County Public Library offers a web site in honor of Ohio's bicentennial that features a selected list of books, music, videos and links. The first part of the site is for children; the second for adults.

OPLIN, the Ohio Public Library Information Network provides a wide variety of resources for residents, both on this site and through local libraries across the state. This link will take you to their Language Arts links.

Scholastic.com provides a great site for language arts teachers grades 6-8 that has activities, lessons and printables.

Scholastic.com also provides motivational tools for teachers called Strategies for Success.

Scholastic.com features "Writing with Writers" in which workshops are presented online in different writing genres, such as biography, descriptive, fairy tales, mystery and poetry.

Education World features "A Teacher's Guide to Getting Students' Work Published," written by English teacher Glori Chaika.

The Writing Process Links site has a long list of links designed to help teachers work with students who either don't like to read or who are having difficulty reading.

Ideas for Teaching Writing was designed and developed by Kim Steele, using her work in the classroom.

Literary Resources on the Web is a site maintained by Jack Lynch, an assistant professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. The resource links are divided into categories.

The Electric Eclectic is a blizzard of links on literature, poetry and playwriting.

MiddleSchool.net features a list of language arts WebQuests.

Story Arts Online features information on storytelling in the classroom, lesson plans and activities, articles and the Story Arts Theatre in which you can listen to stories online.

Bibliotherapy is the idea of healing through books. The site describes how it works, and when and who should use it.

Using Literature To Help Children Cope with Problems includes criteria, guidelines, and resources for helping children cope with problems such as illness, violence, separation and divorce, and disabilities.

Molding the Minds of the Young: The History of Bibliotherapy as Applied to Children and Adolescents is by bibliotherapy researcher Lauren Myracle and is included in the digital library and archives of The ALAN Review.

eThemes has a list of sites "about non-fiction (expository) writing. Includes definitions and descriptions of this genre. Examples of nonfiction writing are included from students and professionals. eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, research reports, biographies, and newspaper production are linked."

How the Language Really Works features the Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing. Teachers can benefit from this site and be better able to guide students in learning the principles contained here.

MiddleSchool.net features a list of language arts WebQuests.

Boston University's FavoritePoem.org features the Favorite Poems Project initiated by Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. On this site, poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, and many others are read on videos by people like you and me. The reader then talks about his or her interpretation of the poem, and how the poem relates to his/her life and feelings. Click on the reader's photograph to watch the reading.

Fighting Plagiarism begins here, with creative and useful suggestions for teachers on how to fight or prevent students from copying another's work or buying a paper from a site on the Internet.

Online Plagiarism Prevention uses technology to fight both deliberate and unintentional plagiarism.

The New York Times features a lesson plan that teaches students how to paraphrase source material and take notes without fear of plagiarism.

Swimming Upstream - Middle School Poems Companion Guide has poetry-writing activities by Kristine O'Connell George.

Children's Literature Web Guide provides internet resources releated to books for children and young adults.

It's All Part of the Story shows how storytelling reflects the heritage of those who came before us, and helps us understand who we are and how the past influences us today. This lesson plan can be used by teachers to help students learn to share their stories and listen and learn to others.

For teachers to share with parents, ChildrensLit presents Fifty Ways to Keep Your Kids Reading all Summer.

The Today in Literature Web provides visitors with the story of the day, which relates an interesting tale or event of literary import from the historical past. Visitors can also read about stories that recently appeared on the site, and browse through a list of writers as well. Clicking on the names of any of the writers will bring up a number of stories about the selected author, although free registration is required to read the entire piece. Visitors may also want to sign up for the free email newsletter (which can be received daily or weekly), which includes the story of the day, along with a daily literary quote, and a list of relevant events of importance that occurred on that date.

Boston University's FavoritePoem.org features the Favorite Poems Project initiated by Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. On this site, poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, and many others are read on videos by people like you and me. The reader then talks about his or her interpretation of the poem, and how the poem relates to his/her life and feelings. Click on the reader's photograph to watch the reading.

Ohio Authors

The following sections provide teachers with online sites that feature lessons and background materials on Ohio Authors.

Arnold Adoff

"Poetry: A View of African American Life" is a lesson plan by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute for grades 5-8.

"And We, Too, Sing America" is a lesson plan by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute for grades 5-8.

Sherwood Anderson

Georgetown University's Heath Anthology of American Literature provides teachers with information on classroom issues and strategies, major themes, and questions for classroom discussion.

This Sherwood Anderson lesson includes classroom issues and strategies; major themes, historical perspectives, and personal issues; and questions for reading and discussion. While targeted toward college students, the information can be adapted to younger grades.

Natalie Babbitt

Lesson plan for Grade 6, Tuck Everlasting, from Teachers CyberGuide/the San Diego County Office of Education.

Hart Crane

Georgetown University's Heath Anthology of American Literature features an instructors guide for teaching Crane.

Sharon Creech

The HarperCollins Guide to Teaching Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons from Teachers CyberGuide/the San Diego County Office of Education

Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper provides lesson plans for all of her books on her web site.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

The University of Dayton's Paul Laurence Dunbar web site features teaching suggestions for using Dunbar's poetry in the middle school classroom.

The University of Dayton's Paul Laurence Dunbar web site features teaching suggestions for using Dunbar's poetry in the middle school classroom.

Nikki Giovanni

Learning Metaphor From a Nikki Giovanni Model is provided by Web English Teacher.

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dumphrey! -- lessons plans for grades 5-8 from Salisbury State University.

Virginia Hamilton

The ERIC database has a list of web sites with information and lesson plans for Zeely, The House of Dies Drear, Spinning Gold, and Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave.

Scholastic.com provides classroom activities for Virginia Hamilton's books.

Indiana University presents a page of links gleaned from across the Internet to assist teachers in studying books written by Virginia Hamilton.

O. Henry

For classrooms studying "Gift of the Magi," this site contains a bibliography, list of major works, and study questions.

Langston Hughes

The Internet School Library Media Center site has a long list of lesson plans tied to Langston Hughes's poems.

Perspectives in American Literature offers questions teachers can pose to students when they study the work of Langston Hughes.

Toni Morrison

A study guide for The Bluest Eye is provided by a student from East Oregon University.

Time Magazine presents questions for discussion and analysis of Toni Morrison's books.

John Crowe Ransom

Ideas for discussion involving John Crow Ransom's works includes classroom issues, major themes, historical perspectives, and personal issues.

Conrad Richter

The Light in the Forest from Teachers CyberGuide/the San Diego County Office of Education.

The Light in the Forest, a WebQuest by Linda Good.

The Light in the Forest suggested student actvities from Curricular Connections

Mildred Taylor

The Internet School Library Media Center has a variety of lesson plans featuring Taylor's works, including Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and The Gold Cadillac.

Admiral Akers School offers a Reading, Writing, Research, and Technology Integrated Unit on The Gold Cadillac.

Penguin Putnam has a wonderful site for teachers. It includes descriptions of Taylor's books, a biography, discussion questions for the Logan Family Saga, connections to U.S. history, information on additional resources, and notes from the author.

For Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry features a supplemental unit developed by the Schools of California Online Resources for Educators.

James Wright

Teachers working with the poems of James Wright will find classroom issues and strategies, themes, and questions for classroom discussion on this site.

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