Resources About Language Arts For Kids

Language Arts is the study and improvement of the arts of language. Traditionally, the primary divisions in language arts are literature and language, where language in this case refers to both linguistics, and specific languages.

Language arts instruction typically consists of some mix of the components of reading, writing (composition), speaking, and listening. In schools, language arts is taught alongside Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

Definition Of The Term Yankee

Yankee, term used by Americans generally in reference to a native of New England and by non-Americans, especially the British, in reference to an American of any section. The word is most likely from the Dutch and may have been derived from Janke, diminutive of Jan [John]; from Jan and Kees, diminutive of Cornelis [Cornelius]; […]

Dr. Seuss Biography, Quotes, Books and Poems

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Mass. His books are known for their blend of whimsy, zany humor, catchy verse, and outlandish illustrations. Although some early critics objected to his carefree style and sometimes violent illustrations, […]

Teachers Prepare to Start a Book Club in the Classroom

Reading teachers are faced with many challenges, including how to help their students become better readers while also developing a sustained love of reading. Since these two goals are clearly interconnected, teachers should design their units in such a way that fosters an appreciation of independent reading and makes reading fun. Student-led book clubs can […]

Common Grammar Errors on SAT: Fragments and Misplaced Modifiers

When preparing for the SAT in the fall or spring of their junior year, students may find themselves, for the first time in their lives, studying grammar. The writing section of the SAT is challenging; it is comprised of an essay and a multiple choice language section, in which students must identify sentence errors, improve […]

Common Pronoun Usage Errors on the PSAT, SAT and ACT

Eleventh grade students face a challenging year. Beyond taking rigorous courses such as American literature, American history and chemistry, students are faced with three important tests during their junior year: the PSAT, SAT and the ACT. Students generally take the PSAT in the early fall and the SAT in the spring. While not all students plan […]

Color Meanings and Facts

Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or […]

First Day Activities in the High School Classroom and Middle School Classroom

Introduction: The Case for Ice Breaking Activities Ice breaking activities during the first days in any high school classroom serve as team building activities for the class. Team bonding activities and ice breaker activities prove effective in the middle school classroom. Faculty members at Grand Rapids Community College shared various icebreaker activities they used at the beginning of a semester. […]

William Shakespeare Biography and Facts For Kids

William Shakespeare is one of the most well known writers in history. His plays and poems span generations and have been made into some of the most watched movies of all time. Growing up there is not a school in the US that does not teach the writing styles or make you read some of Shakespeare’s […]

The Odyssey a Brief Summary and Theme

The Odyssey is considered the sequel story to Homer’s Iliad and is quite possibly the 2nd best book of all time and spans 24 books. It revolves around three main characters: the brilliant king Odysseus; his wife Penelope; and his son Telemachus and their struggles in life, love, and power. There are also other characters, […]

List of Paradoxes

A paradox is a statement or proposition that, despite sound reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory. The logician Willard V. O. Quine distinguishes between two types of paradoxes the first being falsidical paradoxes, which are seemingly valid, logical demonstrations of absurdities, from veridical paradoxes, such as […]

T.S. Eliot: Life, Works, and Resources

T.S. Eliot’s poetry is like that old paperback novel where the pages are dog-eared and well read. Each word becomes a morsel savored as it etches into the essence of the man. Follow the laments of J. Alfred Prufrock to the enigmatic “Waste Land” to 1939′s mischievous Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats to the fruits of “Ash […]

Facts about Art Deco for Kids

Art Deco style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. The term “art deco” was coined in 1966, after an exhibition in Paris, ‘Les Années 25′ sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des […]

Edgar Allen Poe Biography and Facts For Kids

Edgar Allen Poe was an American poet and author born in 1809. He best known for his talent in writing truly horrifying stories by using very few words, making them much more chilling. He also credited with the invention of the detective-fiction genre that currently dominates the literary world. Poe parents died when he was […]

J.K. Rowling Biography, Quotes, and List of Books

Joanne “Jo” Rowling, better known as J. K. Rowling is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series. Born in 1966, in Chipping Sodbury, a small town in Bristol, England located a few miles south of Dursley, hometown to her fictional protagonist Harry Potter. It is interesting to note that Ms. Rowling claims […]

Prepositions A-Z With Examples

A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. The word or phrase that the preposition introduces is called the object of the preposition. A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. These relationships include direction, place, time, cause, manner […]

Top 10 Animal Poems for Children

Poetry for kids should always be challenging, stimulating and surprising, not pandering or simplistic. Children will love tackling complex poems and sophisticated poetic ideas – all it needs is a hook to get them interested initially. In this case, a poetry safari where you hunt down meaning and capture amazing animals with words and pictures […]

Top 10 Children’s Books That Every Parent Should Read To Their Child

Choosing the top 10 children’s books is nearly impossible. There are so many to choose from and hundreds that are wonderful. The most popular of children’s books keeps their attention while teaching a lesson at the same time. For children the pictures are very important. Though they love colorful and bright pictures, even the black […]

Homer’s Iliad Summary and Themes

Homer’s Iliad is possibly one of the most famous books of all time and ranks up there with War and Peace and Romeo and Juliet. Everyone has heard and learned about it at some point during high school or college. Everyone knows about the books hero, Achilles, who is considered the greatest warrior who ever lived. Brief […]

Online Resources for Gifted Students

1. US Department of Education Ed.gov was formed with the intention of bringing many government funded agencies together for providing students with such things as grant opportunities and federal student aid. Ed.gov also provides gifted students and schools with information on programs in detail, like the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. […]

August Fun Facts and Trivia

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of February in the Northern Hemisphere. In common years no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, though in leap years February starts on […]

Adverbs from A-Z with Examples

An adverb is a part of speech. It is any word that modifies any part of language other than a noun. Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives (including numbers), clauses, sentences and other adverbs. Adverbs typically answer questions such as how?, in what way?, when?, where?, and to what extent?. Adverbs of manner describe how something happens. […]

Aesop’s Fables and Their Morals

Aesop’s Fables refers to a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BC. His fables are some of the most well known in the world. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children in schools and at home today. Below you will […]

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Adjectives

An adjective’s job is to modify a noun or pronoun. They are always near the noun or pronoun they are describing. Be careful how you use adjectives such as interesting, beautiful, great, wonderful, or exciting. Many adjectives like these are overused and add little definition to a sentence. Collectively, adjectives form one of the traditional […]

List of Famous Speeches Throughout History

American history is built on words that were once spoken and recorded in delicate detail. American oratory can speak beyond that specific moment and reach a crowd of millions through available speech and public address archives. The past becomes the present, as words from renowned speeches are recycled and used again to give meaning to […]

Meaning of The Names of the Months

Below you will find the months of the year and the days of the week. Each month includes the answer to the question “what are the meanings for the months of the year?”. Each day of the week name includes the answer to the question “what do the names of the days of the week […]

10 Most Influential Writers of All Time

Choosing just 10 writers from the hundreds of influential writers isn’t an easy task. Some writers bring depth and emotion, others make us look at the world a bit differently, and some simply provide levity. However, there is a list of writers who truly stand the test of time. Homer Homer’s birth date is controversial. […]

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