This page includes links to ELA resources prepared by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and PBS Learning Media. Also available is our "author index"—a unique collection of materials, organized by author, that tracks the publication of commonly taught texts and their reception over time, and suggests lessons that encourage students to examine how those texts were read and understood at different points in history.
A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Edsitement offers humanities-focused educational materials to students, teachers, and parents. The website features a collection of lesson plans for teachers as well as interactive activities and resources for students.The section for English language arts teachers features lessons on a wide range of commonly taught authors, texts, and literary periods.
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution as well as the largest library in the world. The library’s website includes digital collections and services, providing access to print, pictorial, and audio-visual materials, which can be used to supplement classroom instruction. The LC website has a special section specifically for resources in poetry and literature.
The PBS Learning Media site provides numerous lesson plans, online activities, classroom resources, and educational videos covering multiple subjects for preschool through 12th grade. With the creation of a free teacher account, users have access to a vast array of PBS video resources for use in their classrooms. The section for English Language Arts teachers includes materials supporting instruction in writing, literature, and foundational literacy skills.
For our spring 2014 workshop on the Harlem Renaissance, Humanities Texas assembled a list of online educational resources related to the Harlem Renaissance and its history, literature, and culture. These websites include primary source documents, lesson plans, photographs, and other interactive elements that will enhance classroom instruction and student comprehension.
Following our fall 2015 workshop “Teaching and Understanding Poetry,” Humanities Texas has assembled a list of poetry-related online educational resources for K-12 classrooms. These websites include texts of poems as well as lesson plans, videos, and other interactive elements that will and enhance classroom instruction and generate student interest in poetry.
Following our June 2014 institute Teaching the American Literary Tradition, Humanities Texas began gathering resources related to the most commonly taught writers and texts in secondary-level ELA courses. Our goal is to provide a set of teachable resources that track the history of particular authors and texts and their reception over time. Each author page includes the first and significant publications of commonly taught texts; early reviews of the author's work; excerpts of critical reviews of that author's work; and suggestions for lessons, discussion, and activities. The index is a work in progress. Humanities Texas will continue to add authors moving forward, so please check back and also contact our staff should you have suggestions or questions.
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