Saturday, April 15, 2006


Sat., Apr. 15, 2006 - Talking About

Talking About
Includes a biography, maps, an FAQ page, and much more.

You can also download audio files at this site, where J.R.R.
Tolkien discusses "The Hobbit", reads from "Lord of the
Rings", or discusses his works in a BBC interview.

A page of links.


Sat., Apr. 15, 2006 - Wordcraft: Eponyms

Wordcraft Eponyms
“Eponym: a person whose name is used as a word (often used to mean the word named after the person)”


Sat., Apr. 15, 2006 - English Idioms & Proverbs / The Poet Speaks of Art

Sites found in:
ConnectEng, the newsletter of Web English Teacher
January 2, 2006

English Idioms and Proverbs
From the site:
“Idioms are phrases and sentences that do not mean exactly what they say. Even if you know the meaning of every word in the see or hear, you may not understand the idiom because you don't understand the culture behind it. Proverbs are wise sayings that help teach lessons.”


The Poet Speaks of Art

Mirror site:

A collection of paintings and the poems they inspired, including several poems by William Carlos Williams. Accessible to all grade levels.


This newsletter is copyright 2005, Web English Teacher.


Sat., Apr. 15, 2006 - Robert Frost

Sites found in:
[Surfnetkids: 21 Dec 2005]
Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter

Robert Frost

[NOTE: Some of the sites listed were previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Friday, April 14, 2006


Fri., Apr. 14, 2006 - Women's Suffrage

Found in:
News from the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 11:11:18 -0500


HISTORY NOW, Issue 7 – Women’s Suffrage

The Institute is pleased to present the seventh issue of HISTORY NOW, an online journal for history teachers and students, now available on the Web at

The current issue of HISTORY NOW looks at women's suffrage, with essays by some of the most noted scholars in the field of women’s history. As always, HISTORY NOW accompanies these scholarly essays with imaginative and accessible supporting material and lesson plans.


In the early twentieth century, women's suffrage groups used broadsides and fliers to target a male audience. This selection of broadsides from the Gilder Lehrman Collection appeals to traditional ideas of female domesticity in an attempt to obtain the vote for women. Examine these four documents on our featured document page:
[Shortened URL: ]

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
[NOTE: Archive of Past Featured Documents - previously posted. – Phyllis ]


Fri., Apr. 14, 2006 - Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918
From the site:
“Exhibiting these documents helps the epidemic take its rightful place as a major disaster in world history.”


Fri., Apr. 14, 2006 - Virtual Tour of the 1906 Earthquake

A Virtual Tour of the 1906 Earthquake
From the site:
“The Northern California earthquake of April 18, 1906, commonly referred to as the “Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906", is the most damaging earthquake in US history. San Francisco and surrounding cities were violently shaken by seismic waves produced by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The remarkable post-earthquake construction and renaissance of the Bay Area are important events in the history of the region. The 1906 earthquake also revealed the existence and significance of the San Andreas fault to earth scientists, who then gave birth to the science of earthquakes. This virtual tour utilizes the geographic interactive software Google Earth to explain the scientific, engineering, and human dimensions of this earthquake, so as to help you visualize and understand the causes and effects of this and future earthquakes.”


Fri., Apr. 14, 2006 - Dimming Sun / Great San Francisco Earthquake

Sites found in:
PBS Teacher Previews: April 16-22, 2006

"Dimming Sun"
Middle / High School
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
8 - 9:00 pm
New evidence that air pollution has masked the full impact of
global warming suggests the world may soon face a heightened
climate crisis. Tune in as NOVA examines this baffling climate
conundrum and follows the implications of the discovery for our
planet's future (CC, Stereo, DVI, 1 year)

From exhaust-eating algae and smokestack filters to wind
turbines and hybrid cars, log on to learn about dozens of ways
to improve air quality and prevent further pollution.
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

American Experience
"The Great San Francisco Earthquake"
High School
Monday, April 17, 2006
9 - 10:00 pm
From Enrico Caruso to the ordinary San Franciscan, those
trapped in the terrifying event of 1906 would never forget the
disaster. Hundreds of square blocks were reduced to rubble;
thousands were killed, tens of thousands left homeless. Then
the heroic struggle to rebuild began. Tune in for this look at
the destruction and rebirth of San Francisco. (CC, Stereo, DVI,
1 year)

Take our online quake quiz; test your knowledge of the 1906 San
Francisco earthquake - from its geology to relief efforts and
[NOTE: Teaching guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]
Copyright 2006 PBS Online.

--------Forwarded Message--------
Wed, Apr 12, 2006 at 3:28 PM

Hello Educators,

In next week's program, "Dimming the Sun," NOVA investigates the
discovery that less sunlight has been reaching Earth and explores
the potential impact that the phenomenon behind this -- known as
global dimming -- may have on climate worldwide. (Subjects: Earth
science, atmosphere, meteorology)

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site

* * * * * * * *

NOVA Presents "Dimming the Sun"
Broadcast: April 18, 2006
(Check your local listings as broadcast dates and times may vary.
This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

The Contrail Effect
Learn how aircraft contrails form and what effect, if any, these
vapor trails may be having on the climate. (Grades 9-12)

The Producer's Story
Read why British producer David Sington thinks that many people
in the United States, more so than in his native Europe, remain
skeptical about how much global warming is due to human
activities. (This feature will be available April 18.)
(Grades 9-12)

Discoveries in Global Dimming
View a slide show of discoveries that have played a role in how
scientists have come to understand global dimming from the late
1700s to today. (Flash plug-in required; printable version
available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Clean Air Technologies
Discover some of the tools that exist to reduce and prevent air
pollution. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students investigate atmospheric
variables that affect evaporation. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Program Transcript
The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links and Books.

* * * * * * * *
---------Forwarded Message--------
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 06:08:53 -0400 (EDT)
News from American Experience

Monday, April 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

On April 18, 1906, an earthquake hit San Francisco with a force
of approximately 12,000 times the power of the atom bomb that
would be dropped on Hiroshima some 40 years later. Buildings
collapsed, fences curved, streets buckled, steel rails bent, and
reservoirs drained. The shock snapped gas mains, damaged
chimneys, and toppled gas lamps and lanterns. Fifty blazes
started simultaneously, creating a huge firestorm that burned for
three days, leveling four-and-a-half square miles of what had
been one of the most vibrant cities in the country.

After the disaster, more than 225,000 newly homeless San
Franciscans fled East by train. But 200,000 residents, together
with many newcomers who arrived from all over the country,
rebuilt the city -- a feat that was accomplished in just three

"As the nation faces tough decisions about New Orleans in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina, it's inspiring to remember the story
of a city that did rise from the ashes, one hundred years ago,"
says AMERICAN EXPERIENCE executive producer Mark Samels. "San
Francisco reminds us of the strength and resilience of the human


Gallery: People in the Rubble

We've seen countless images of refugees of major storms, from the
tsunami in Southeast Asia, to Hurricane Katrina. How do those
images compare to photos of San Franciscans taken after the 1906
quake? Browse this gallery.

Quake Quiz

How much do you know about the 1906 quake? Take this quiz and
test your knowledge of everything from geology to relief efforts
and reconstruction.

Share Your Stories

Chances are, you're too young to remember the 1906 San Francisco
earthquake, but if you've lived through a major quake anywhere in
the world, share your story.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Thurs., Apr. 13, 2006 - BBC's Guide to the Religions of the World

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Thursday, December 15, 2005

BBC Guide to the Religions of the World
If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:
[NOTE: previously posted. Updated URL:
- Phyllis]

Today's site, from the BBC World Service, offers an exhibit on the six most
prominent world religions. Gentle Subscribers will discover an enlightening
presentation on the varying spiritual orientations of millions of people
across the globe.

The site considers the six major world religions of Islam, Christianity,
Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Each section discusses the
principle tenets of each religion, as well as the number of adherents,
attitude towards converts and the particular branches of some of them. Holy
texts, histories and founders of each are also discussed, along with
pertinent issues currently facing some religions. In addition, a number of
BBC Radio broadcasts are available dealing with contemporary religious
themes, although there are a few broken links among these. Further online
resources are provided for each religion.

Journey to the site for an excellent overview of significant world
religions at:
If the above URL wraps in your e-mail client, enter it all on one line in
your browser or use this TinyURL:
[NOTE: previously posted. Updated URL - Phyllis]

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Thurs., Apr. 13, 2006 - The Megiddo Expedition

---------Forwarded Message--------

Site of the Day for Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Megiddo Exhibition

Today's site, under the auspices of Tel Aviv University, presents a lavish
exhibit on one of the foremost archaeological sites in Israel. Gentle
Subscribers will discover a wealth of material documenting the fascinating
history of this pivotal Middle East location.

"Megiddo is the jewel in the crown of biblical archaeology. Strategically
perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the
city dominated international traffic for over 6,000 years -- from ca. 7,000
B.C.E. through to biblical times. As civilizations came and went,
succeeding settlements at ancient Megiddo were built on the ruins of their
predecessors, creating a multi-layered archaeological legacy that abounds
in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces,
mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems." - from
the website

The website opens with an enticing collection of facts about this
excavation, from its association with famous historical figures to its
place as a scene of decisive battles. Logically presented with an
introduction and a history of Megiddo, the exhibit abounds in images
detailing the excavation. Specific results of the finds made in the various
areas of the site are provided for the 1994 to 2004 archaeological seasons.
Also available are a number of articles about Megiddo previously published
in academic and science journals, including a controversial paper on the
Israel of kings Solomon and David. An extensive picture gallery offers
dozens of images of the discoveries unearthed at the site.

Dig over to the site to explore an ancient city at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Thurs., Apr. 13, 2006 - From Carbons to Computers

From Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office
[Shortened URL: ]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Updated URL.- Phyllis ]

From the site:
“From Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office explores a contemporary phenomenon that has strong ties to its past. The high-tech American office of today is more similar to than different from its predecessors twenty, fifty, or a hundred years ago. People still sit at desks and need something to write with and a place to store what they have written.”
“Exploring the changing American office, from its beginnings in the 1830s in the railroad industry to its dominance in the American economy of the late twentieth century, shows us a way to study our nation's growth, from the industrial revolution to the postindustrial information age.”

Online Resources
[Shortened URL: ]
Websites that relate to materials covered in this unit.


Thurs., Apr. 13, 2006

Sites found in:

Castles of the United States
Photos of castles throughout the US, with descriptions and historical information and/or links to maps and other

Library, Librarian and Librarianship Quotes
There's a lot of material for sig files here; you can also submit your own favorite quotes.

Mind Your Own Business
This joint project of Junior Achievement and the Small Business Administration walks kids through the "five easy steps of business ownership."

Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2005.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Tues., Apr. 11, 2006 - Shakespeare in the Sky

Shakespeare in the Sky
[Shortened URL: ]
Quotations from Shakespeare on the following subjects:
Moon & Eclipses

[NOTE: Other pages from previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., Apr. 11, 2006 - A Literary Map of Manhattan

A Literary Map of Manhattan
[Shortened URL: ]
From the site:
“Where imaginary New Yorkers lived, worked, played, drank, walked and looked at ducks.”
[NOTE: Free registration may be required. – Phyllis ]


Tues., Apr. 11, 2006 - Frankenstein / Monster Movies / John Lennon / Horatio Alger

Sites found in:
Librarians' Internet Index
Websites you can trust!

NEW THIS WEEK, December 15, 2005
Read This Online :

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
This exhibit "encourages audiences to examine Mary Shelley's novel, 'Frankenstein,' and its influence on science fiction, monsters and their place in history, and man playing God." Features images from the traveling exhibition and additional materials from the exhibit at Eastern Illinois University's Booth Library. Includes chapter-by-chapter podcasts of "an unabridged reading of the 1818 edition of ... 'Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.'" Produced by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association.
LII Item:
Frankenstein Exhibit Home Page:
Table of Contents:


Godzilla Conquers the Globe: Japanese Monster Movies in International Film Art
This website offers a virtual tour of a 2004 exhibit on the Japanese film genre known as kaijû eiga (monster movies). The exhibit feature movie posters, film programs, lobby cards, and other materials from several countries for Godzilla and other monster movies. Include descriptions of the items and images of related items such as Japanese bestiaries. From the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University.
LII Item:


John Lennon
Compilation of materials about singer/songwriter John Lennon, who was a member of the British rock group the Beatles and who was killed in December 1980 in New York. Includes a biography, articles, album reviews, photos, and a discography. From Rolling Stone magazine.
LII Item:


Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899)
Biography and information about the works of Horatio Alger Jr., "best-selling boys' series writer" of dime-store novels such as the "Ragged Dick" series. "His moralistic stories ... inspired many generations of children and taught them the virtues of industry, thrift, and honor." The site provides a list of pseudonyms, selected poems and stories, and images of some Alger letters. From the Horatio Alger Collection of the Northern Illinois University Libraries.
LII Item:

Thank you for using Librarians' Internet Index.

Karen G. Schneider,
LII New This Week Listowner, and
Director, Librarians' Internet Index
Websites You Can Trust!

Copyright 2005 by Librarians' Internet Index.


Tues., Apr. 11, 2006 - The Paris Review

Site found in:
The Scout Report
December 9, 2005
Volume 11, Number 49

The Paris Review

While George Plimpton may be gone, the Paris Review continues to soldier on,
much the same as it has done for the past fifty years. Over its long
history, this literary periodical has published important works by Philip
Roth, V.S. Naipul, and Samuel Beckett. Their website offers selections from
both current and previous issues, and for various members of the
intelligentsia, this site will merit several visits. One special feature
should be noted straightaway, namely “The DNA of Literature” area accessible
on the homepage. Here, the staff members at The Paris Review have placed
author interviews, including conversations with the likes of Saul Bellow,
Nelson Algren, and James Baldwin. Additionally, visitors should take a look
at the audio section of the site, which includes readings by a variety of
poets and authors, including Billy Collins, Agha Shahid Ali, and Pier Paolo
Pasolini. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005.

Monday, April 10, 2006


Mon., Apr. 10, 2006 - Learn Out Loud

Site found in:
ResearchBuzz #358 -- December 5, 2005

** LearnOutLoud Launches Directory of Free Educational Content
< >

Earlier this month LearnOutLoud announced a
directory of free educational audio and video
content. The directory, which contains over 500
titles, is available at

The directory is set up as a searchable subject
index, with History and Politics seeming to be the
most populated subjects. There are also
subcategories as well as the ability to list
available items by rating, alphabet, and author
name. Listings include a brief description and
most times a thumbnail picture.

Click on the title of an item and you'll get a
detail page which includes more information,
including reviews as well as the author and
publisher. This page also points where to get the
item -- it doesn't appear that LearnOutLoud hosts
this content.

I went to a few different sites and saw that the
material was available in a variety of ways,
including MP3s, Real Audio, and Windows Media.

ResearchBuzz is copyright 2005 Tara Calishain. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with permission of ResearchBuzz ( ).


Mon., Apr. 10, 2006 - Kids' Vid

Kids' Vid
From the site:
“Kids' Vid is an instructional web site that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to implement video production in the classroom.”


Mon., Apr. 10, 2006 - Collaborative Arts Resources for Education

The Collaborative Arts Resources for Education (CARE)
From the site:
“The goals of this web site are to provide the educators and students of San Diego, as well as those throughout the country, with quality arts-based lesson plans and resources and to inspire a resurgence of arts education in the K-12 classroom.”

From the site:
“Web sites for students and teachers.”


Mon., Apr. 10, 2006 - Little Red Schoolhouse: Music Room

--------Forwarded Message--------
Hi! It's Wednesday, December 7, 2005 and time for Language Arts at

Recommended Website:
The Little Red Schoolhouse: Music Room

List member, MaryAnna, recommended today's website that offers a
variety of songs to help learn language arts. The songs are from the
book/CD called "Chalkboard Songs" by Suzy Red. All of the songs
feature familiar tunes set to new lyrics that teach concepts such as
parts of speech, grammar, spelling, writing, vocabulary and more.
For example, trying singing this song about adverbs:

to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine"

You are my adverb!
You tell about verbs!
You tell folks how, where, and when!
You're easily spotted
By your L-Y, dear.
I'll never write without you again!

These songs work on the premise that rote learning and memorization
of facts are easier when set to music.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of song titles for
Language Arts. Click on any one and a new page opens revealing the
tune you should use to sing the lyrics that are printed on the page.
Each page also offers suggestions for furthering learning - things
like quizzes, worksheets and activities.

Once you've explored the Language Arts section, check out the Math,
Science, and Social Studies songs too!
[NOTE: Also: links to “More Music Places” - Phyllis ]

If you prefer, you can buy the "Chalkboard Songs" songbook and
companion CD at the website. A great idea for those who are unsure
of the tunes suggested for each song, or who enjoy singing along
with Suzy Red as she accompanies you on guitar. :)
This is a great resource for those of you who enjoy carschooling
( too!

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2005, All Rights Reserved

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


Sun., Apr. 9, 2006

Sites found in:

Don's Patch Issue #2005-12-15 from


Literacy Education Online: The Write Catalogue
Includes Research Papers, Grammar, Punctuation, and lots more.

Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Black History.
From the site:
“This site presents a vast array of articles, hundreds of images, and a wide assortment of audio clips, film clips, and multimedia presentations. The timeline traces two millennia of black history, and the browse features enable you to pinpoint the central people, places, topics, and events covered in black history. Our image and multimedia galleries provide snapshots of black culture throughout the ages.”

The Fun Works: For Careers You Never Knew Existed

From the site:
“Have you ever wondered what career possibilities exist in fields that interest you? For example, do you enjoy art, music, or science? Would you like to find information about interesting jobs that involve them? Are you curious about what a day on the job might be like, how much money you would make, or what training you would need?

Well you've come to the right place! This site helps young people like you explore ways to link interests to exciting future careers.”


[NOTE: Sites not checked. Some may have been previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Miniature Kite Plans

The Flying Circus Kite Plan Page

Christophe Gronier Kite Plans

Kite Plan – Fantasy Kite

Kite-Making Plans

Plans of Japanese Traditional Kites and Modern Kites

1899 Wright Kite

Kite Plans

Kite Plans

Anthony’s Kite Workshop

Kitemonger’s Kite Plans

Kite Plans

Kite Plans and Links

The Virtual Kite Zoo


The Seattle General Strike of February 1919
From the site:
“This multimedia site explores the history and consequences of the General Strike of 1919. It offers original research reports, a short video, dozens of photographs, cartoons, and document facsimiles, as well as extensive bibliographic guides and related links.”


Norse Mythology


Rube Goldberg
From the site:
“…synonymous with any maximum effort to achieve minimal results.”

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
The National Challenge for 2006 is:
Cut or Shred Into Strips 5 Sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" 20lb Paper Individually
With a Shredder in 20 or More Steps!
For more information email:


Archives for this ezine are available online here:

The current issue is available on:.


Sun., Apr. 9, 2006 - Writing a Research Paper / Information Literacy

Steps to Writing a Research Paper
From the site:
“The purpose of writing a research report is to clearly communicate what you have learned through your research.”

Information Literacy in the Electronic Age
From the site:
“As a student, there are several steps you should follow when writing a research paper. Knowing and understanding these steps will help you become "Information Literate", which means that you "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (American Library Association, 1989). We will explore these steps in this tutorial, and then relate them specifically to Internet research.

Because information is so easy to find on the Internet, many students will settle for the first source they find that seems relevant to their topic. However, it is important to remember that anyone with an Internet account (including you!) can be a publisher on the World Wide Web, and that there are no quality control standards in place.”

Tutorial Sections include: Defining and Developing your Research Topic, Search Strategies, Locating Information Using Search Terms, Evaluating Your Information, and Citing Electronic Information.


Sun., Apr. 9, 2006 - This Dynamic Earth

--------Forwarded Message--------
Site of the Day for Wednesday, April 5, 2006

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Today's site, from the U.S. Geological Survey, offers to unearth some of
the underpinnings of plate tectonics theory. Gentle Subscribers old enough
to have missed the exciting world of plate tectonics during their formal
education will find this a readily comprehensible presentation.

"In the early 1960s, the emergence of the theory of plate tectonics started
a revolution in the earth sciences. ... directly or indirectly, plate
tectonics influences nearly all geologic processes, past and present.
Indeed, the notion that the entire Earth's surface is continually shifting
has profoundly changed the way we view our world. ... This [site] gives a
brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics and ... highlights
some of the people and discoveries that advanced the development of the
theory and traces its progress since its proposal." - from the website

The site provides an easy introduction to the theory of plate tectonics and
swings into a section covering the fascinating historical perspective.
Delving into the theory, the presentation highlights topics such as
magnetic striping and the startling polar reversals, plate motion,
including the rate of movement and types of convergence. Additional
sections discuss hotspots and pressing but still unanswered questions. The
site abounds with helpful diagrams and interesting sidebars.

Burrow over to the site for an excellent source of material on plate
tectonics at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Sun., Apr. 9, 2006 - Earth Day 2006

Found in:
Subject: [Innovative-Teaching] ITN: Earth Day 2006
Date: Sat, 08 Apr 2006 15:36:38 +0000

“This is the most comprehensive listing of Earth Day-related
resources I've offered yet. Enjoy!”

Click here for the April 2006 newsletter:
[NOTE: April 2005 listing previously posted. – Phyllis ]

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