The almanacs, dictionary, encyclopedia, and atlas available at this
site provide access to thousands of facts sorted into easy-to-navigate
categories. If you have trouble finding the information you need, the
Homework Helpers in the Homework Center may be able to help.
Use the language, library, and geographical tools on this site to find
a variety of informationfrom a rhyming word for your poem to a
map of another country. Links to a variety of online reference works,
such as the CIA Factbook, Biographical Dictionary, and Bartlett's
Familiar Quotations, make this site a great resource for research
Take a virtual walk through the halls of Word Central where you'll find
the Science Lab (English Experiments), the Music Room (Rhyming Dictionary),
the Computer Lab (Coding Chamber), and more. You'll find a different
word game to play within each room. If you prefer, you can simply search
the dictionary for word meanings and spellings. Be sure to visit the
Cafeteria where you can feed your brain with the definition, origin,
and uses of the Daily Buzzword.
Did you know that reading your class notes aloud can help you remember
the information? And would you believe that taking breaks while studying
can actually keep your mind open to learning more? At this Web site,
you'll find these and other great tips and information that may help
you improve your study skills and use your study time more effectively.
Journalists write stories about events by answering the questions what,
who, when, where, how, and why. Understanding the role of the journalist
and how a story is written can help you evaluate news statements more
completely. The Write Site describes how reporters develop personal
writing styles, conduct research, and use the Internet to uncover data.
Visit this site to learn how journalists deliver the news.
History Channel Speech Archive
At this site you can "hear the words that changed the world." The History
Channel's Speech Archive includes recordings of some of the most famous
speeches of the twentieth century. As you listen, try to determine how
effective speakers use their voice to emphasize main points and to set
the mood of their presentations. As these recordings demonstrate, delivery
makes a speech memorable.
In the Viewing and Representing unit in Writer's Choice, you
learn how various media messagesfrom cartoons to advertisements
to filmsuse elements of humor and design to make comments about
a person or event. This site features more than one hundred cartoons
that pay tribute to Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon
strip. Compare and contrast the different ways in which the cartoonists
use the voices of their own characters to say "goodbye" to Snoopy and
This guide from the Boston Public Library can help every student learn
to use the Internet confidently and safely. Introductory Internet information
and definitions can help the novice surfer, while the seasoned navigator
will find tips on evaluating Internet sources and providing citations
in school reports.