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A Separate Peace – Alphabetically Grades 9 to 12 Vocabulary University

Janice Cook, a former teacher at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton, CA has contributed a list of excellent vocabulary words from the novel and Vocabulary University presents them in alphabetical groups. Students will be quite busy adding these words to their working vocabulary. Teachers will find this list both thorough and helpful to the college bound student
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African American Women Writers Grades 6 to 12 New York Public Library

This site from the New York Public Libarary lets users access texts of writings by 19th century African American women. The titles and topics vary, but the site offers an interesting exposure to primary sources that might not otherwise be available.
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American Writers Grades 6 to 12 C-Span

C-Span has created an American writers site containing biographical information and literary excerpts from dozens of American writers from the 17th century to the present. The excerpts include a variety of critical and interpretation resources. C-Span plans to add additional content, including teacher materials, when the cable series of the same name airs in Spring, 2002.
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Chicago Manual of Style FAQ Grades 9 to 12 University of Chicago Press

An ongoing collection of grammatical esoterica, primarily questions submitted by writers, editors, and academics. There’s a chance you’ll find useful commentary here, but only by coincidence.
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Teachers could make a lesson drawn from the intense arguments over grammatical issues.


 
Common Errors in English Grades 6 to 12 Wisconsin State University

This is a no-frills presentation and explanation of some of the most commonly misused English words, terms, and phrases. If you are uncertain about a particular word or phrase, check it here.
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Daily Grammar Grades 6 to 12

It may not be everyone’s favorite topic, but here’s a site that offers something different each day for those who want to brush up on their grammar skills. In addition to the daily reminder, there is also a full selection of other grammar, style, and usage information.
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Dante’s Infernal Grammar Grades 9 to 12 TeachersFirst

High school students will enjoy this review of some challenging grammar concepts coupled with an introduction to Dante’s Inferno.
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Dante’s characters resonate surprisingly well with teenagers, and the grammar review is a perfect brush-up for the SAT II. Use the two components together or separately.


 
Edgar Allan Poe Collection Grades 6 to 12

Poe is a perennial web favorite, and this collection includes full-text listings for most of the author’s poetry and short stories. While the site itself has very little commentary or criticism, there are plenty of links to places that do.
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Teachers will find this one especially useful if printed copies of Poe’s work are not available.


 
Eight Steps to Information Literacy Grades 6 to 12

This is a great guide for teachers interested in getting their students to use the web and related technologies creatively. You’ll find a step-by-step process that lets students get organized before heading off on a project and encourages them to sort through their results before building a project. Great backgrounder for teachers getting started with web research.
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Elements of Style Grades 9 to 12

This is an electronic version of William Strunk’s book, originally published in 1918. The book is used still to help practice combining composition with the study of literature. It gives principles of English style, rules of usage, and commonly violated principles of compositions. The chapters are outlined, and sections of importance are highlighted. From Columbia University.
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E-School Writing Project Grades 6 to 12

This site offers a collection of internet-based writing lessons covering subjects including newpaper writing, poetry, fiction, and a culminating activity creating a storybook. They could be used by students who are homebound, or could serve as examples of writing assignments for in-class or regular school use.
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Five Paragraph Essay Wizard Grades 6 to 12 Privately Published

Here’s one author’s approach to structuring a five-paragraph essay. There are tips, examples, and advice on how to create an effective essay. Good as an introduction, or as a review site for students who need a bit more practice. Privately published.
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Fluency Through Fables Grades 9 to 12

This site contains a mixed bag of resources including information and exercise involving the use of English idioms and phrases and specific vocabulary and comprehension exercises using fables as exercise texts.
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Grammar and Style Guide Grades 6 to 12 University of Pennsylvania

Source: Jack Lynch at U Penn – A great grammar resource– clearly organized alphabetically. Colorful and clear! It might motivate a middle schooler to care about the difference between “affect” and “effect” or deal with a dangling participle!
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Grammar Blue Book Grades 6 to 12

While this site pulls no punches about promoting a book, it also offers concise grammar and puctuation usage information.
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In addition, there are short worksheets and quizzes which teachers might find useful with their classes.


 
Guide to Grammar and Writing Grades 9 to 12 Capital Community Technical College

This is an extensive, easy-to-use grammar guide designed to help students avoid common grammatical mistakes and improve their writing style. It was created by Capital Community Technical College, Hartford, but the content could work well for high school students, and even some middle schoolers. There are plenty of examples, tips, and other resources.
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History Writing Guide Grades 9 to 12 Bowdoin College

This college-level writing guide for history papers from Bowdoin College may be beyond the scope of some secondary students. But for those who can already compose a cogent paragraph, it offers great suggestions on research process and assembling a paper that uses primary resources. AP history and social studies teachers may want to review this one and suggest or adapt it for their students. There’s a wealth of information here.
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Hypergrammar Grades 6 to 12 University of Ottawa

This venerable site from the University of Ottawa won’t win any design awards, but it’s a very thorough treatment of grammar, parts of speech, sentence structure, and related grammatical issues. Designed primarily for one-on-one use, there are lots of very usable features, making it a good place for students to look when they’re “stuck” on a grammatical issue.
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Influences, Poems, Product: A Model for Using the Visiting Writer Grades 9 to 12 Online Poetry Classroom

This unit involves using a poet in the classroom either in person or virtually. Students, the teacher, and the guest poet discuss various topics including the poems that have influenced the writer as well as their own poetry. This short unit, suitable for lower high school grades, is designed to explore the writing process and address misconceptions about the creation of a poem.
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KidPub Grades 1 to 12

This site is a collection of over 20,000 stories written by children all over the planet! This site also offers a pen-pal connection for children around the world that are interested in writing. Stories are not accepted for publication over the summer. An award winning site for young writers. An excellent site!
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