Friday, April 10, 2009


Fri., Apr. 10, 2009 - Visions of Poets (Library of Congress)

Visions of Poets
From the site:
“Listening to a poet reading and discussing his or her work will almost always lead to new insights about a poem. In the Poet Vision Video Series you can see and hear some of the country's most eminent poets, past and present. Allen Ginsberg, Robert Penn Warren, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton and Stanley Kunitz are among the 12 poets in this series. Five of the 12 have served as Poet Laureate of the United States (the Poet Laureate is selected by the Librarian of Congress).”

Source: Library of Congress April 2009 WiseGuide


Fri., Apr. 10, 2009 - The Walter Scott Digital Archive

The Walter Scott Digital Archive
From the site:
“We hope that in time this website will become the main source of information on the life and work of Sir Walter Scott on the web.”

[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]


Fri., Apr. 10, 2009 - Shmoop Poetry

Shmoop Poetry (beta) - Shmoop University Inc. - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

“As a companion piece to the Shmoop literature site, this is a wonderful addition if you teach poetry. Shmoop provides students (and teachers) with so much more than summaries. This is a great site with a unique voice. It is written by Ph.D. and Masters students at top universities (such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.). While the list of poems is currently growing (this is a beta site), it includes many of the poems and/or poets commonly studied in high school including some of Shakespeare's sonnets, Whitman, Coleridge, Shelley, Dickinson, Browning, Rich, Yeats, and others. Especially appealing are the "Intro" sections, which tell the background of the poem. This should interest students as it places a very human "face" on the poem and sets it in context for them. Besides summaries, techniques, quotes, and study questions, this site also gives a "did you know?" page that includes random trivia about the poet, poem, or topic, as well as a "sex rating" ("Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is rated "G"). This in itself will amuse students-- and amused students are likely to stay focused!” <<>>

Suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Fri., Apr. 10, 2009 - Sites from PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 12-18, 2009

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter: April 12-18, 2009
Current PBS Teacher Previews Newsletter

We Shall Remain: Teaching Native American Culture Within American History

In the April Media Infusion, Eric Langhorst, Missouri's 2008 State Teacher of the Year who teaches 8th grade history, discusses the groundbreaking PBS mini-series WE SHALL REMAIN (airing in April) and how to incorporate Native American history and culture within United States history curricula.

"'We Shall Remain,' the new documentary series from American Experience and PBS, is an invaluable resource for teachers who wish to teach Native American culture within the curriculum of United States history courses," writes Langhorst. "Watching 'We Shall Remain' has helped me reconsider the manner in which I teach the topic in my own classroom. I found that I could do more to integrate Native American culture into additional units of study."

Langhorst provides examples of how to teach Native American history and culture and use on-air and online resources to integrate the films in the classroom.

PBS Teachers invites educators to visit Media Infusion in April and ask questions, comment on Langhorst 's suggestions or offer some of their own.


Andes: The Dragon's Back
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Sunday, April 12, 2009
8 - 9:00 pm
When this great spine-like mountain range rose from the sea, it
created a new continent and a bridge that joined North and
South America, allowing flora and fauna from each to mix and
diversify. Today, the Andes continue to grow and evolve and are
home to a rich tapestry of environments. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1
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We Shall Remain: American Experience
After the Mayflower
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Monday, April 13, 2009
9 - 10:30 pm
Five documentaries spanning 300 years tell the story of pivotal
moments in U.S. history from the Native-American perspective.
Benjamin Bratt narrates. The first episode explores the polar
strategies -- peaceful diplomacy and warfare -- the Wampanoag
people employed in their struggle to maintain their identity.
(CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]


Children of the Taliban
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
9 - 10:00 pm
PBS's premier international newsmagazine returns with more
"stories from a small planet," starting in Pakistan, where
correspondent Sharmeen Obaid investigates the increasing power
and influence of a new branch of the Taliban that is helping
make the country one of the Obama administration's top foreign
policy concerns. Also in this hour, correspondent Doug Rushkoff
travels to the edge of the digital frontier -- South Korea --
for a look at a country that's embraced the wired world more
thoroughly than any place on earth, and now is potentially
facing a new public health crisis: internet addiction. (CC,
Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online


From: American Experience on PBS
Date: Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Nearly five years in the making, WE SHALL REMAIN comes to PBS this Monday, April 13. The first episode in the landmark five-part mini-series is After the Mayflower, which begins in New England in the 1620s, at the time of the so-called “first Thanksgiving.” In March of 1621, Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoag, negotiated a diplomatic alliance with a scraggly band of English settlers for the benefit of his people. It was a gamble that paid off for several decades, as Indians and colonists coexisted in relative peace.
A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English colonists and a confederation of New England Indians, the wisdom of Massasoit’s choice seemed less clear. From director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skinwalkers) this 90-minute film explores the polar strategies—peaceful diplomacy and warfare—the Wampanoag people employed in the struggle to maintain their identity.

1 After the Mayflower
2 Tecumseh's Vision
3 Trail of Tears
4 Geronimo
5 Wounded Knee

Some of the pages include:

Apache Dance
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Cherokee Language
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Interactive Map
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Teacher’s Guide
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Thursday, April 09, 2009


Thurs., Apr. 9, 2009 - OED adds new words

Site found in:
September 19-25, 2008


Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words (September 2008)

NOTE: See Also: additions from Dec. 2008 and March 2009: - Phyllis]


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Thurs., Apr. 9, 2009 - Online Dictionaries

Online Dictionaries

From the site:
“Each fall, as a chill returns to the evening air, and homework returns to the kitchen table, parents repeat the dictionary mantra: "Look it up!" And for many generations, students have replied , "How can I look it up if I don't know how to spell it?" That excuse is finally quashed. These online dictionaries are handy for several reasons. First, if you are already online, you can either cut-and-paste, or use a dictionary toolbar in your browser. And finally, if misspell your entry, many of these dictionaries will suggest correctly spelled alternatives.”

Page includes 9 links to sites (5 annotated, 4 Honorable Mentions)
[NOTE: Some of the sites were previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Thurs., Apr. 9, 2009 - Tower of English: Vocabulary

Tower of English Vocabulary - Tower of English - Grades 4 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This not-so-new site includes examples of peculiarities and oddities of the English language. Examples of topics include “Whatchamacallits,” "Spoonerisms," "Antagonyms," “Pun of the Day,” “,” and several others. Most of the sections have a "your turn" activity for students to do.” <<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Thurs., Apr. 9, 2009 - Ultimate Reading List

Ultimate Reading List - - Grades 3 to 12 -

Site found on

“This site consolidates book and author information from several important book lists, including prize winners and best book sites. Students can find the names of the books that won awards, the number of books authors have written, biographical information about the author (from Wikipedia), book summaries (usually written by the awarding entity), and other special features, including a lifetime reading list. A section showing books that are on more than one reading list allows selective readers to choose books carefully.” <<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Tues., Apr. 7, 2009 - American Presidents

American Presidents
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

From the site:
The American Presidents web site, created for the television series, contains a complete video archive of all American Presidents: Life Portraits programming, plus these additional resources:
• Biographical facts
• Key events of each presidency
• Presidential places
• Reference material
Pick a president from the pull-down menu above and explore.

Shaping the nation and the presidency
From the site:
How were presidents involved in the EVENTS that shaped the nation? Explore these pages and discover how the chief executives impacted the course of American history.

Career paths to the presidency
What jobs did our 42 presidents hold before they served in the White House? Explore these pages and learn about the different career paths to the presidency.

American President Timeline Quiz
Test your knowledge of our nation's presidents!
Interactive or printable quizzes


Tues., Apr. 7, 2009 - Congress for Kids / U.S. Congress Links / Overview of Government Links

Congress for Kids
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

U.S. Congress
From the site:
“links to more than 50 sites about the U.S. Congress.”

Overview of Government
From the site:
“Here are good, basic sites about the other branches of government”


Tues., Apr. 7, 2009 - Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era

Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era
History Now
Issue 17, September 2008:

“In this issue of History Now, leading scholars of Theodore Roosevelt and of the Progressive Era offer new insights into the man, his philosophy, and his political achievements. From hunter to teddy bear, from trust-buster to champion of capitalism, from Republican president to Bull Moose challenger, T.R. remains controversial, contradictory, and above all, larger than life. Our contributors suggest the rich possibilities for exploring the man and the era in the classroom.”


Tues., Apr. 7, 2009 - World War II Database

World War II Database
As of April 7, 2009, Current Site Statistics:
504 biographies
210 events
492 ships in 183 classes
207 aircraft models
195 weapon models
29 historical documents
110 books reviewed
6535 photos, 760 in color

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Sun., Apr. 5, 2009 - AlgebraLAB

AlgebraLAB - Mainland High School - Grades 7 to 12

Site found on

“AlgebraLAB highlights the connection between algebra (and many other math subjects) and science. Although this website may appear as an in-depth informational algebra site, there is A LOT more to explore! AlgebraLAB includes 10+ links to various topics: Lessons, Practice, Careers (how Algebra and science are used in countless careers), Directions (offers insight on how to use this site), Word Problems, Study Aids, a Glossary, and several others. Many activities are interactive.” <<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Sun., Apr. 5, 2009 - Surf Report: Geometry

Surf Report: Geometry
Annotated Geometry links for High School Middle School Elementary School General


Sun., Apr. 5, 2009 - History of Geometry / Mathematics Lessons

History of Geometry - Cynthia Lanius - Grades 7 to 12

Site found on

“This site offers an interesting look at the history of geometry. Learn about geometry during the times of the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greeks, The Fifth Postulate Controversy, The search for Pi, coordinate geometry, non-Euclidian geometry, differential geometry, and fractal geometry.” <<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

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


Sun., Apr. 5, 2009 - Interactive GeoBoard

Interactive Geoboard - NCTM - Grades 2 to 8
Click: [Stand-alone applet]

Site found on

“This site offers an interactive geoboard. Click on the rubber bands, and choose a color to get started. Once you have created the shape you desire, click on the color. You are able to manipulate the rubber band to create any shape, add different colors to each shape, and more. You may delete specific shapes, movements, or the entire board at any time.” <<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

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