Ever wonder what exactly Confucious did say? You can find out by checking out the original, online text of Confucian Analects by Confucius.
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Pros: A best-in-class library of high-interest, cross-curricular, adjustable nonfiction texts.
Cons: Expanded search and recommendation features could help students connect with articles tailored even more to their interests and reading level.
Bottom Line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles meet students right at their level: Use this robust tool to bolster students' nonfiction reading practice.
Nobel Prize Day is in December. Prizes are awarded annually for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature. Check out this website to learn about the current winners including Bob Dylan, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for creating a new style of music. Find out why Alfred Nobel created the Prize; learn about any of the recipients since 1901! Read about the “Women Who Changed the World” and the youngest Nobel Laureate ever, who was only 17.
Follow the links on this website to learn all about Western Philosophy. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy contains information about Plato, Aristotle, and various ideas of thought. Then move onto Early Modern Philosophy with the Renaissance, Descartes, Locke, and more. Recent Modern Philosophy includes the Enlightenment, Kant, Idealism, and Pragmatism among other things. And, finally, Contemporary Philosophy ideas including existentialism, Postmodernism, feminism, and more. Other links also include a dictionary, study guide, timeline, logic, and more in this comprehensive introduction to Western Philosophy
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Then click on Scholastic's Potter exploration. Explore each of the seven Harry Potter novels with this complete interactive experience. Unlock the magic with mind-bending tasks, participate in trivia challenges, practice all things Potter pronunciation, read about the books’ illustrators, or find out what your Patronus is! Read provided chapter excerpts of each book, or even listen to an audio read-aloud of each installment’s first chapter. This Harry Potter exhibit will leave you immersed in JK Rowling’s imaginative world.
Paul Bunyan. First popularized in 1910 by newspapermen and logging companies across the country, this larger-than-life character is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard and overcome obstacles. Enjoy some of the tall tales about Paul Bunyan and his trusty blue Ox Babe and you will see why this hero embodies the frontier spirit and is loved by many.
Summary: Collaborative tool lets kids annotate songs, literature, news
Pros: Educator's tools make this sprawling site more approachable; the wide range of offerings expose kids to an array of perspectives.
Cons: This self-moderated, mostly user-generated site is bound to have some iffy content outside the teacher-created sections.
Bottom Line:Students can collaboratively engage in the process of annotation and analysis with various texts.
The statement, “It’s Greek to me!” usually means that something is confusing and hard to understand. This site will make the Olympian gods of Greek mythology much easier to remember and understand. Click on the statue-like pictures of each of 13 gods and goddesses to read their bios, listen to both the Greek and English pronunciations of their names by clicking on the corresponding flag, and see a gallery of pictures, drawings, and images of each of them. If you don’t find the character you want to research, select the letter of his/her name to view other demigods and spirits. Use the interactive bolded words in the introduction to learn about the Olympian ancestors, the Titans, and their home on Mount Olympus, which was built by the Cyclopes. “It’s Greek to me!” will have a whole new meaning to you as your understanding of Greek mythology improves easily.
Take your students on a virtual field trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library as they embark on their first exposure to Shakespearean works. Students can engage in a deeper understanding of Romeo and Juliet by spending a few days reading, re-reading, and dramatizing the prologue itself. Students will learn about the play's meaning, get to know the style and language of the text, and make inferences about the play's central questions. Watch your students transform into actors right before your eyes, and simultaneously, build adequate background knowledge to support their understanding of Romeo and Juliet.
Learn all about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre with this site full of pictures and interesting facts. Follow links to downloadable PDF’s that provide information, pictures, and primary resources on each of eleven Shakespearean topics. The first will tell you about William Shakespeare, a family man, author, and actor. The next tells about London during Shakespeare’s life. Other links give information on special effects used in Shakespearean plays, The Globe, the third Globe, a typical playhouse, what audiences were like, indoor theatres, the process of writing plays, typical actors of the time, and costumes and cosmetics that would have been used on a Shakespearean stage.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.