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Ch 6: Resources for Learning English & Language Arts

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There are many resources you may consult to learn English and language arts and improve your reading comprehension abilities These articles serve as supplementary resources to guide you toward resources geared at developing your knowledge in this field.

Resources for Learning English & Language Arts - Chapter Summary and Objectives

You can find resources for learning English and language arts online, in classes, or simply through utilizing reading lists. In this chapter, you will be presented with numerous articles that detail various English language arts resources, where to find them, and how to use them to hone your skills. The following types of resources will be addressed in these articles:

  • Online courses, both free and with fees
  • Courses catered towards specific reading levels, including middle and high school
  • Activities to bolster your reading comprehension abilities
  • Reading lists

Article Objective
Best Free Online English Courses Learn about the various English courses offered for free online.
Best Online English Courses Review the overall best English courses available online.
Best Online High School English Courses Examine the best online high school English courses accessible.
Free English Language Courses Address what English language courses are offered for free.
Free Online English Courses for Adults Find English courses for adult learners that won't cost a penny.
How To Improve Reading Comprehension Learn techniques and strategies to improve reading comprehension.
Reading Comprehension Activities Understand different activities that bolster reading comprehension skills.
Middle School Reading List Review a list of recommended reading for middle school students to develop their reading abilities.
Middle School Summer Reading List Enumerate what reading is recommended for middle school students to ensure students continue to read during the summer.

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Best Free Online English Courses

1. Best Free Online English Courses

Many free, legitimate English courses exist online, including some actually taught by professors from top schools like Harvard and MIT. This article offers an overview of the best in English education online.

Best Online College English Courses

2. Best Online College English Courses

Many English courses are available online to help students throughout their college careers. Explore various courses and how they may give you an edge in achieving your academic goals.

Best Online High School English Courses

3. Best Online High School English Courses

Online high school English courses may be found to suit a range of student needs - from those seeking a GED to those readying for college entrance exams. Read on to learn about the various courses available online.

Free English Language Courses

4. Free English Language Courses

English language courses are sometimes free for students whose native language is not English. Read on to learn more about the types of free English language courses available and where to find them.

Free Online English Courses for Adults

5. Free Online English Courses for Adults

Adults seeking English courses online will find many no-cost options. Read on to learn about the classes available for different types of learners, and where to find these courses.

How to Improve Reading Comprehension

6. How to Improve Reading Comprehension

Reading any passage of text is one thing, but maintaining the information in your head isn't always as easy. Read on for some tips on how to improve your reading comprehension and improve your test-taking ability in English and Language Arts.

Reading Comprehension Activities

7. Reading Comprehension Activities

Learning to become a better reader who fully understands the works you're reading is an ongoing process. Read on to learn some strategies you can use before, during, and after reading a text to improve overall comprehension.

Middle School Reading List

8. Middle School Reading List

A middle school language arts curriculum often requires students to read a combination of fiction and nonfiction during the school year. This article includes a sample of what's on a middle school student's reading list.

Middle School Summer Reading List

9. Middle School Summer Reading List

Have you looked at your school's summer reading list yet? Most schools suggest a variety of new and older titles for summer reading. Get brief summaries of the books you might find on your summer reading list below.

Persuasive Writing Topics for Kids

10. Persuasive Writing Topics for Kids

Persuasive writing is an important tool for students of all ages. Keep reading to find kid-friendly persuasive writing prompts to help you start growing your writing skills.

Summer Reading List for Adults

11. Summer Reading List for Adults

Back in high school or college you may have been required to read certain books. If you're thinking about revisiting some of those classic works or if you missed out on them the first time, summer may be the time to get started. This article offers a list of classic literature for your summer reading.

5th Grade Summer Reading List

12. 5th Grade Summer Reading List

Summer reading will keep the minds of students fresh for the school year. This article looks at some great selections for the fifth grade as the vacation approaches.

6th Grade Summer Reading List

13. 6th Grade Summer Reading List

Check out this list of popular summer reading titles for sixth graders and discover some resources to help you develop literary comprehension skills. These books are grade-level appropriate for students reading at or above the sixth grade level.

7th Grade Summer Reading List

14. 7th Grade Summer Reading List

Summer reading lists are a great way to keep your students engaged with reading throughout the summer months. Get ideas for some books your students can read during this time.

8th Grade Summer Reading List

15. 8th Grade Summer Reading List

Discover some popular reading options for summer reading lists for 8th graders. Find books that are reading level appropriate and that can help students work on reading comprehension over the summer.

Books Every English Major Should Read

16. Books Every English Major Should Read

English majors read a variety of books in order to improve their critical thinking, writing, and researching skills, while developing proficiency in analyzing and interpreting literature. Check out some of the books found on most English majors required reading lists below.

English Conversation Topics

17. English Conversation Topics

Learning English can be challenging, but you can make this task easier by practicing your conversational skills with a partner. Read on to find some ideas on conversation topics you can use to improve your English speaking skills.

High School Summer Reading List

18. High School Summer Reading List

Get an overview of some interesting novels that could be included on your summer reading list and familiarize yourself with these books to pick the ones that would most interest you. You'll also find study guides you can use to explore these novels' key themes and characters.

Dr. Seuss Quotes

19. Dr. Seuss Quotes

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, was a beloved author and illustrator of children's books. His stories were full of inspirational quotes and quotes related to social justice. Read on to learn more about notable Dr. Seuss quotes, including a quote that's often mistakenly attributed to the author.

To Be, Or Not To Be: Quote Analysis

20. To Be, Or Not To Be: Quote Analysis

'To be, or not to be' is one of the most famous quotes in English literature. Where does it come from and what does it mean? Read on to discover the truth behind this renowned quote.

Love Quotes in Translated Literature

21. Love Quotes in Translated Literature

Quotes on love can remind us how it feels to fall in love. Literature from around the world is full of stories of love. Read on for love quotes found in literate that has been translated into English.

Books for Guided Reading

22. Books for Guided Reading

Guided reading is a process in which teachers supervise student reading, typically in small groups, and assist with reading fluency and comprehension strategies. When participating in guided reading activities, many teachers prefer to use leveled readers in order to better reach all students regardless of their reading level and ability. Read on for suggestions on books to use for guided reading activities.

What Is the International Reading Association?

23. What Is the International Reading Association?

The International Reading Association recently changed its name to the International Literacy Association. Read this article to learn more about this association and what it does.

International Reading Association Standards

24. International Reading Association Standards

The International Reading Association (IRA), now known as the International Literacy Association (ILA), promotes literacy instruction on a local, national, statewide, and global level. Read on to learn about the standards that the IRA provides and some resources that can help you implement these standards.

Book Club Suggestions

25. Book Club Suggestions

Book clubs offer the opportunity to discuss a variety of literature among peers. Read on for some fun examples of striking novels that are sure to foster a plethora of compelling conversations.

Best Detective Books

26. Best Detective Books

Private eye, gumshoe, investigator: All are terms for non-badge-wearing men and women who seek justice by rooting out the truth. The detective story is a popular genre of fiction that encompasses the cozy and the hard-boiled variety. Read on for more information on some of the best detective books ever written.

Female Detective Books

27. Female Detective Books

While the first woman police officer was not hired until the turn of 20th century, the female sleuth in fiction has been around since the mid 19th century. Since then, many authors have introduced female detectives, both professional and amateur, to an awaiting public.

History Books for Kids

28. History Books for Kids

Teaching kids about history can be fun! A great way to introduce historical topics is through storytelling. Take a look at this list of exciting history books with descriptions, lessons, and videos that are sure to keep your students' attention.

Science Fiction Picture Books

29. Science Fiction Picture Books

Picture books are a wonderful way to inspire children not only to read, but also to seek knowledge and create stories of their own. The genre of science fiction, especially, provides young readers a window into other another world.

Best Books for Young Adults

30. Best Books for Young Adults

The young adult genre is designed to support individuals transitioning from youth to adulthood, and many of these novels reflect these changes within their texts. Read about a few of the most adored books for young adults and how they relate to adolescent readers.

Romeo and Juliet Project Ideas

31. Romeo and Juliet Project Ideas

Understanding the themes and elements of ''Romeo and Juliet'', which William Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago, can be challenging for students. In this article, discover some fun and educational project ideas that can help your students master this Shakespearean tragedy.

Macbeth Project Ideas

32. Macbeth Project Ideas

Use this article to get ideas for projects to help your students understand ''Macbeth''. You'll find projects that focus on drama, creative writing and visualization. Some additional educational resources are also provided.

How to Pass English 101

33. How to Pass English 101

English 101 is an entry-level English class that most college students take their first semester in college. Read on to learn more about what this class entails and how to work to pass the course.

How to Pass a Writing Test

34. How to Pass a Writing Test

As you develop as a student, you will likely encounter writing based tests. These exams not only test your ability to write, but also how you communicate and manage your time. Continue reading for tips on how to soar through writing tests.

How to Pass English

35. How to Pass English

English is a core course at every institution in the U.S. It is also a discipline that will help you develop skills crucial for your success in the world after school. In this article, we will discuss strategies for passing any English course.

How to Write an Abstract for a Research Paper

36. How to Write an Abstract for a Research Paper

Writing an abstract for a research paper is a good way to help your instructor understand the basics of what your paper is about. In this lesson, we'll learn more about their purpose and see what you might put in an abstract for a research paper!

Writing an MLA Abstract

37. Writing an MLA Abstract

An __abstract__ is a well worded summary of a paper, place at the beginning so that others that are looking at your work as a resource will have an idea of what is within the paper without having to read it all.

How to Write an Abstract for a Presentation

38. How to Write an Abstract for a Presentation

Presentation abstracts are invitations to a party. If you want your audience to be excited and curious to see what your study or experiment can offer the world, this article will show you how to add some sparkle to your invite.

How to Write a Scientific Abstract

39. How to Write a Scientific Abstract

Scientific abstracts contain the most pertinent information of your scientific paper, and when written effectively, create a clear and convenient path toward the scientific work you've done.

What is a Lexile Score?

40. What is a Lexile Score?

A Lexile score is one of the many tools teachers and parents can use to help develop students' reading abilities. Keep reading for more information on these figures and how they are used in the classroom.

How to Learn English Quickly

41. How to Learn English Quickly

Learning English may seem difficult, but there are several methods to learning the language that are both fast and enjoyable. Check out a few strategies to get you learning English quickly!

How to Learn English Online

42. How to Learn English Online

You can find many different ways to learn English right here on the Internet. Online learning is convenient because it lets you practice on your own time, in a way that works best for you. This article introduces a few websites for learning English and some other ideas to get you started.

DRA Reading Assessment Levels

43. DRA Reading Assessment Levels

For the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), students are classified into distinct reading levels, which are based on their overall performance. Read on for more information on the standards and groupings for this assessment that tests reading comprehension skills.

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