English Resources


Absolute Shakespeare - "Shakespeare summaries provide a quick and easy guide to Shakespeare's most famous plays. Divided by act, Shakespeare summaries make an ideal introduction before reading the original text."

American Rhetoric - "A database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and videoversions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures,debates, interviews, other recorded media events. Plus, it provides 200+short audio and video clips illustrating stylistic figures of speechranging from "alliteration to synecdoche".

Barnes and Noble Author Interviews - Barnes and Noble's author interview studio - video interviews with over 100 authors.

Cummings Study Guides - "Study guides for plays, novels, poems, essays and definitions. Each study guide includes plot summary, characters, themes, history, etc."

English Language Centre Study Zone - University of Victoria's ESL page, useful step-by-step lessons on basic writing and reading comprehension skills.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Online - Fitzgerald's work plus biographical information, quotes, film clips, and more.

Kentucky Virtual Library's Guide to Research

KnowingPoe- "Knowing Poe: The Literature, Life, and Times of Edgar Allan Poe..."

Library of Congress Directory of Poetry Resources - A comprehensive guide to poetry resources available online.

Lit2Go-"Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom."

Literary Criticism

Literary History Online - "Literary History is an index to full-text internet published articles covering more than 250 major American and British writers. Links take you directly to thousands of thought-provoking articles by scholars, critics and poets."

Mythology - "The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Each region has many clearly defined subdivisions that will ease your search. The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands."

Northwest Research Educational Library - Research-based strategies for note-taking, summarizing, and more.

Poetry Daily - Features a poem, a poet, and a book daily.

Poems & Poets - "This is an excellent resource for finding poems in full-text and finding articles about poetry and poets."

Poetry 180 - Courtesy of the Library of Congress, a poem a day for American high school students.

Read.gov - "Turn the pages to explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online."

Rhyming Dictionary - Great site for poetry and song writing, type in a word and then find end rhymes, last syllable rhymes, double rhymes, beginning rhymes, and first syllable rhymes.

Shakespeare in the Classroom - PBS.org's vast bank of Shakespeare resources for teachers.

Shakespeare Online - A database of Shakespeare's work plus analysis, quotes, explanation of plots, links to other resources, and more.

Shmoop - A useful site with a silly name - find book overviews, chapter summaries, etc.

Sonnets.org - "An archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work."

Thesis Builder - Enter in some basic information and this tool will help you build your thesis statement.

Visuwords - "Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate."

Vocabulary.com - Answer a few questions, the site will "building a model of your knowledge," and then predict vocabulary words that you do not know and teach them to you.

WowLit.org - Find multicultural literature for young adults.

Wordnik - Online dictionary with definitions, examples of word use, audiopronunciations, synonyms, and more.

Writers' Workshop - Center for Writing Studies' guide to essay writing.