Library and Literature Sites for Educators
© Dr. H. Jurgen Combs

American Folklore - Welcome to American Folklore. This folklore site contains retellings of American folktales, Native American myths and legends, Tall Tales, weather folklore and ghost stories from each and every one of the 50 United States. You can read about all sorts of famous characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Jesse James, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and many more. So grab a cup of coffee or a soda, pull up a comfy chair, and stay awhile.

American Writers - American Writers airs LIVE weekly on C-SPAN beginning March 19, 2001, at 9 am ET. A new program airs each Monday morning throughout 2001. C-SPAN will re-air each week's program on Friday night at 8 pm ET. This video record is especially useful for educators and others who want comprehensive access to our programming. To learn more about the series, visit C-SPAN's web site at


Ask Eric

Book Web - sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, this site offers much information about books: books news, book events, reading rooms, etc.; it even offers different contests.

Children's Literature offers information on what's new, and other links for children.

Common Errors in English - Students and teachers will enjoy browsing this alphabetically sorted list of common errors in English.

Costumes, Prose and More: All About William Shakespeare - from the site, "William Shakespeare, known as the Bard of Avon or "the Bard," is one of the most influential and popular poets and playwrights of all time. While most people recognize his works courtesy of popular plays such as Romeo and Juliet, his accomplishments are many. He has become such a well-known figure that one can even dress up as the Bard for a Halloween costume. Despite his fame, Shakespeare is also very much a mystery, with gaps in his history that leave portions of his life incomplete or unknown. Learning the known and documented details regarding the playwright and his work will help to develop a better overall image of his life and successes." (Thanks to Sara and Ava Barnes for suggesting the site.)

Principals of Composition - this site offers three headings: 1) The Writing Process; 2) Structural Considerations; and 3) Patterns of Composition.

Dictionary Link - Your guide to free online dictionary and translation services. With definitions in most languages, thesaurus, word of the day & encyclopedia links. You'll find it all here!

Englishlive - A paid service which states that, "We’re proud to offer today's most flexible and effective online English learning method, combining innovative self-study english lessons with supportive and qualified online english teachers. Learn new English phrases, try your new skills out with interactive lessons like filling in the space in a sentence or answering question from a video, then apply your new skills in a teacher-led lesson."

English Exercises Online -  This site, developed by a teacher from Belgium, offers online and worksheet activities for English language learners. Lessons incorporate activities with teaching tips.

English on Line - The units are the main part of the site, which also includes many links to other internet resources and projects as well as a discussion list for English teachers. Some of the units have been developed by English Online staff, the rest by our contract teachers. Currently there are over 120 units on the site. These units are written to support delivery of the New Zealand English Curriculum, integrating ICT wherever appropriate and possible. Many units have exemplars of students' work with ascribed curriculum levels and commentaries.

Exploring the Ocean Through Literature - This Web resource about oceans is written to be adaptable to the teacher's needs. It can be used as a complete unit, as a module for inclusion in a larger study or each component can be used independently. The activities are sorted by the book they compliment but could be used with any unit on the ocean.

GlobalWeb 9 -   This site does a great job of encouraging student research in both traditional media (newspapers and journals) and the Internet.

Guide to Grammar and Writing - very detailed - numerous suggestions to improve writing.

Gutenberg Project "This collection holds 491 works collected from the Gutenberg Project, totaling 219 Mb of text. All 40 million words are indexed. Project Gutenberg contains over 700 books from Alice in Wonderland to The King James' Bible. Its goal is to encourage the creation and distribution of electronic text. The texts are entered by volunteers who are encouraged to enter whatever books they like."

Handspeak - A Practical Sign Language Online Dictionary

Internet Public Library

Internet Classics Archive - select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation

Kids Who Read - Imagine kids from far and wide gathering together in a virtual book club to discuss literature, ask questions, share ideas, and reflect on the impact a book had on them. Now picture children posing their questions and sharing their ideas with the author of the book they are reading. Welcome to Kids Who Read!, the largest book club in the world!

K-12 Lesson Plans

Language Policy Web Site - encourage discussion of language policy issues,  publish updates on current developments, report on pending language legislation, illuminate research on bilingual education, flush out canards  about Bilingualism, track the continuing struggle against Proposition 227,  California's anti-bilingual education initiative, approved on June 2,  highlight links to other sources of information, and – to be totally candid – promote my publications.

Learn how to Become - from the website, " began in late 2013 with Doug and Wes. Our mission is to help students (or other aspiring professionals) understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school all the way to climbing the company ladder. We are passionate about creating a one-stop, comprehensive resource that can guide individuals through each of the steps they need to take to begin, further, or change their career path."  A couple of interesting pages in the excellent resource include Careers and Degrees in Writing and Careers and Degrees in Journalism You can search their site for a variety of occupations and learn about requirements, income, etc.

Liberian Folk Tales - The stories used in this lesson were collected by the author while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa.  He lived in Zwedru, a town surrounded by the rainforest, or "the bush" as the Liberians called it.   These tales have been kid - tested and approved around the world with students of all ages. These stories, and any other African tales, work as a great introduction to the wealth of culture and history that Africa has to offer.                               

Library of Congress World Wide Web Home Page (New version

Library Land - is a resource guide for librarians; it offers numerous links to other sites. A good reference site for teachers, parents, etc.

Library Science Degree - Library Science Degree is a resource website created by Lindsay Samuels to encourage the pursuit of a library science degree and a career in the field.

LibrarySpot - The site includes a reference desk (links to general reference tools), a reading room (links to journals, magazines, and newspapers), and libraries (links to library catalogs).

21st Century Literacies Site - 21st Century Literacies refer to the skills needed to flourish in today's society and in the future. Today discrete disciplines have emerged around information, media, multicultural, and visual literacies. It is the combination of literacies that can better help K-12 students and adult learners address and solve the issues that confront them.

Middle English Literature - this site features the selected works of Medieval authors including Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland.

News - guides for teachers for using newspapers to enhance current events curriculum, and tools for evaluating news articles.

Newspaper Association of America - More than 750 US newspaperrs have some sort of a Web site and this site is a gateway to these sites.

Phonics Link - The Phonics Link provides a place to build your background knowledge about phoneme awareness and phonics, to discuss professional books with other teachers and to find practical classroom lessons.

PlainTrain: Plain Language Online Training - Welcome to PlainTrain, the Plain Language Online Training Program. Here you will find helpful tips and techniques for improving your communication skills with the use of plain language.

Recommended Writing Links - a wide variety of links to various sites offering assistance in writing

Absolute Shakespeare - The essential William Shakespeare resource with Shakespeare's plays, sonnets and poems. Study Shakespeare with plot summaries, essays, character analyses, quotes, biography, pictures, timeline, trivia, the Globe Theatre and links.

Shakespeare - The Complete Works Welcome to the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. This site has offered Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993. The original electronic source for this server was the Complete Moby(tm) Shakespeare. The HTML versions of the plays provided here are placed in the public domain.

Shakespeare Web

Sky Library -  oneline resources for teachers and students - Sky Library provides a comprehensive list of subject websites for use by educators, parents, and students in providing quality education and instruction. The website resources are diverse, offering a wide variety of options for users: from quick-reference guides and lesson plans, to educational games and videos. This resource provides a database of useful and educational sites for those in education. Search the information you want by department.

SuperSummary - from the site, "SuperSummary is an online resource that is committed to helping you get the most out of the books that you’re reading.We provide high-quality, in-depth study guides for a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles.  Offering an ideal mix of summary and analysis, all SuperSummary study guides feature detailed chapter summaries and critical analysis of major characters, themes, symbols/motifs, important quotations, and essay topics.  So whether you’re a student preparing for class or a recreational reader looking to expand your understanding, you will find everything and more in our comprehensive study guides."

A Tale to be Told - A simple webquest for younger students in which each child must choose a different story to read.

Texas Information Literacy Tutorial -  To familiarize a large number of students with fundamental research skills, the Digital Information Literacy Office at the University of Texas at Austin developed this online tutorial.

Visual Thesaurus - The Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus is an exploration of sense relationships within the English language. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations. The Visual Thesaurus was built using Thinkmap™, a data-animation technology developed by Plumb Design.

Web English Teacher - Web English Teacher presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities.

Where do languages come from? - WE DON'T ASK OURSELVES where languages come from because they just seem to be there: French in France, English in England, Chinese in China, Japanese in Japan, and so forth. Yet if we go back only a few thousand years, none of these languages were spoken in their respective countries and indeed none of these languages existed anywhere in the world.

Winged Sandals - Winged Sandals has animated stories and interactive games and an online version of the Delphic Oracle all presented with a focus on entertaining and engaging a young audience; interesting source for information about Greek Mythology.


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last updated on 13 June 2017
© H. Jurgen Combs