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Structure and History of English

English 315

Fall 2004

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Helpful Links:

Grammar and Interactive Activities

Writing Topics

Supplemental Resources

History and Structure of English

Global Aspects of English

Censorship and English

English and its Changes


Grammar and Interactive Activities

The first link is:
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson334.shtml
This article includes five grammar lessons that have a component of fun or silliness that make the work a little less tedious.  The age levels of these lessons range from K-12.
 
The second link:
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr075.shtml
This is an article written by a middle school English teacher that gives pointers about some of the specific topics that she covers for grammer.  There are some great ideas to get the concepts across.  Plus it also has a bunch of useful links that both teachers and students can use.  There is also some information about standardized tests.  There are tips for the information that the standardized tests are generally looking for.  This is a site that brings you to many other sites that focus on grammar in the school classroom.
 
The third link:
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/worksheets/TCM/lang_arts_9_12.shtml
This link has grade level specific worksheets that any English teacher can use.  Some of them use a fun twist to practice grammar skills.

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Writing Topics

www.swc.utexas.edu/highschool/hsevaluation.shtml This site gives high school English teachers an assortment of links to develop evaluative criteria as well as grading rubrics to use in the classroom.
www.irc.uci.edu/trg/118.html
This site gives teachers insite about assessing students' writing. A must-see for all teachers, including those not teaching English education.
 http://condor.depaul.edu/~history/webresources/hstwriting.html
This site gives teachers and students information about writing historical essays, book reviews, and it offers links to several resources that are useful in the classroom such as elements of style, grammar guides, and Webster's Dictionary. There is also a section that fully explains plagiarism and its consequences.
 http://web.mit.edu/writing/Faculty/createeffective.html
This site offers insite from creating interesting writing assignments to sequencing the writing assignments. Formats for writing are given to help students with different types of writing formats such as journals, newspaper columns, etc.
 www.teenwriting.about.com/library/exercises/blexercises.htm
This site gives wonderful ideas to offer every day in the classroom. It provides a wide variety of approaches to take in the writing process.
 www.learningexpresslibrary.com
This site is an excellent site for all teachers and students. It offers several types of practice exams from basic writing skills to preparing for the SAT exam. It's a must-see for all teachers.
 www.teachersdesk.org
This site gives several topics for students to choose from in creative writing. Lesson plans as well as ideas for a "paragraph a week" assignment are given.

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Supplemental Resources

http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html  Children's Literature Web Guide
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/litmain.html  Web English Teacher Author Resources
http://www.aea11.k12.ia.us/vclab/supplemental_materials.html  Author Web Pages for Children's Books
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek4/literature.htm  Various Literature Resources

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History and Structure of English

http://www.askoxford.com/worldofwords/history/ -- this site takes you through the “5 Events that Changed English”
http://www.towson.edu/~duncan/hellinks.html -- here you will find timelines, biographies, ect., taking you through the “English language History”
http://www.towson.edu/%7Eduncan/475home.htm– This site is interactive with mostly Old English content

http://alpha.furman.edu/~mmenzer/gvs -- this too is an interactive web site with a nice display that moves around when you click the mouse to demonstrate the “Great Vowel Shift”. Also, there is a great explanation of what exactly the Great Vowel Shift was and what it did for the English Language.

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Global English

This site has a 60-day free subscription to use Columbia's website on the
future of English
www.ero.columbia.edu/1002

This site is also on the future of English
www.english.co.uk/FoE/contents/cont.html

This site has a lot of stuff.  I searched for "global English" and this
just came up.
www.english.ucsb.edu/faculty/rraley/research/global-English.html#links

www.kidlink.org : This site is connecting children throughout the world with the help of English. The language here helps to learn about other counties. Teachers can use this site in their classrooms.

www.volunteer.org.nz/telf : if you plan to teach abroad, this site is for you.

www.irex.org : These people already brin English abroad. This non-profit organization works in Europe,Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa. The program looks for gifted students who receive grants for studies in the U.S. Afterwards, these students bring their experience back to their countries, and help to build the better future fo their homeland.

www. peacecorps.org : For people interested in bringing education in English to other countries. Goals of volunteers: 1. Helping the people of interested coutnries in meeting their needs for trained men and women; 2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; 3. Helping promote understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.

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Censorship and English

http://www.culturaleconomics.atfreeweb.com/Christianity,%20Copyright%20&%20Censorship.htm
- origin of censorship, and how in a country filled with pride about the
freedom of speech, still literature is censored
http://www.ncte.org/about/issues/censorship
- NCTE offers advice, helpful documnets, and other supposrt at no cost to
k-12 teachers faced with challenges to literary works, films and videos,
drama productions, or teaching method
http://archives.cbc.ca/ACT-1-68-300/arts_entertainment/art_censorship/educational_activities/
- helpful assignments of censorship
http://www.nonstopenglish.com/reading/quotations/k_Censorship.asp
- censorship quotes
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ALAN/winter94/CenCONN.html
- 'the censorship connection'

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Revised: December 2004

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