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internet The Merriam-Webster website contains an online dictionary and thesaurus that is easy to use and offers pronunciation of words.
internet Your Dictionary.com is one of Mr. Stratton's favorite sites for discovering words. Look up part of speech, definition, spelling and more, or just hear how the word you need is pronounced.
internet Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus at Bartleby is a complete online version of the Thesaurus, in an easy-to-use searchable format.
internet WebGrammer offers a strange but possibly resourceful list of dictionaries. Need to know an acronym? How about words related to army technology? Stumped by a Canadian word? Or a computer term? Oh, there’s lots more on the list.
internet The Gale Glossary of Literary Terms offers a detailed A-Z listing of literary and other writing terms.

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internet Edufind.com’s Online English Grammar site is a free online reference and guide for English grammar, writing, punctuation and learning.
internet Web Grammar can help with spelling, grammar, homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, etc. You may wish to zip right over to The Writing Center. It includes writing help and many writing resources.
internet Standard Deviants School English Grammar: Adverbs, Verbals and More
Summary: This program explains verbals and covers different parts of speech: adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. ©2002 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(1) Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, & Verb Review — 3:09
(2) Verbals: Gerunds & the Infinitive — 2:47
(3) Verbals: Present & Past Participles — 3:44
(4) Verbals Review — 1:16
(5) The Best of the Rest: Adverbs — 2:26
(6) Good or Well: An Adverb Review — 1:11
(7) The Best of the Rest: Prepositions — 3:04
(8) Preposition Review — :23
(9) The Best of the Rest: Conjunctions — 2:13
(10) The Best of the Rest: Interjections — 1:42
(11) The Best of the Rest Review — 1:07

internet The Guide to Grammar and Writing is a useful site for helping writers make editing-level revisions. Be careful, though, because its size makes it a sometimes overwhelming site to navigate.
internet The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is great. With explanations, exercises and quizzes with answers, it's a great place to stop for editing-level help with your writing.
internet Standard Deviants School English Grammar: Agreeing with Grammar
Summary: Show students how one part of speech can often be used as another part of speech. The program also covers subject/verb and article/noun agreement. ©2002 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(1) Different Strokes for Different Folks: The Parts of Speech — 2:06
(2) Different Strokes for Different Folks: Words with Multiple Uses — 4:21
(4) Can't We All Just Get Along? Subject-Verb Agreement — 5:00
(5) Subject-Verb Agreement with Appositives — 4:20
(6) Subject-Verb Agreement with Dependent Clauses — 1:07
(7) Subject Verb Agreement with Confusing Simple Subjects — 2:01
(9) Can't We All Just Get Along? Noun & Article Agreement — 3:09
internet Standard Deviants School English Grammar: All about the Verb
Summary: Introduce students to verb tenses, including the simple tense, the perfect tense, the progressive tense, and the perfect progressive tense. ©2002 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(1) Noun, Pronoun, & Adjective Review — :48
(2) What Is a Verb? — 4:01
(3) Verb Tenses — :50
(4) The Simple Tenses — 3:45
(5) The Perfect Tenses — 2:08
(6) Forming the Perfect Tenses — 4:32
(7) The Progressive Tenses: Simple Progressive — 2:31
(8) The Progressive Tenses: Perfect Progressive — 2:47
(9) The Conditional — 1:59

internet Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style is probably the most complete and easy-to-use guide to common errors in English on the Internet. It is extremely useful.
internet Standard Deviants School English Grammar: Grammar Follies
Summary: This program covers sentence fragments, comma splices, run-on sentences, tense shifts, vague pronoun references, faulty parallels, the use of contractions, splitting infinitives, and using prepositions. ©2002 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(1) Sentence Problems: Sentence Fragments — 2:37
(2) Sentence Problems: Comma Splices — 2:30
(3) Sentence Problems: Run-On Sentences — 1:46
(4) Finding Clarity: Tense Shifts — 2:00
(5) Finding Clarity: Vague Pronoun References — 3:09
(6) Finding Clarity: Faulty Parallels — 2:48
(8) Acceptable Errors: Use of Contractions — 4:04
(9) Acceptable Errors: Split Infinitives & Ending Sentences with Prepositions — 2:37
(10) Acceptable Errors Review — :54


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internet Write 101 has 200 pages of articles on all aspects of writing awaiting you at this informative site, which can help you be a better, smarter and more proficient writer.
internet Perfect Composition
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Students discover how to grab readers' attention, write clear thesis statements, create outlines, develop convincing arguments, and present clinching conclusions. ©2001 CLEARVUE & SVE

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(1) First Impressions — 2:23
(3) Freewriting, Clustering, & Creating an Outline — 2:12
(5) Introduction Types — 2:47
(6) Things to Avoid in Your Introduction — :49
(7) The Thesis Statement — 1:27
(8) Body: Organizing Your Information — :26
(9) Conclusion: Wrapping up Your Paper — 1:44
(10) Making the Paper Better — :52
(11) Proofreading: Fixing Typical Errors — 1:40
(13) Consistency in Writing — :39
(14) Edits & Revisions — 2:11

internet Standard Deviants School English Composition: First Line to Last Draft
Summary: Show students how to create attention-grabbing openers that interest readers. This helpful program also covers transitions, revising, and rewriting. ©2002 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(1) Revising Is Rewriting — 2:38
(2) Using Feedback to Make Revisions — 3:10
(3) Refining the Thesis Statement — 2:32
(4) Linking Transitions to Your Thesis Statement — 2:07
(6) Using Citations Correctly — 1:42
(7) Avoiding Plagiarism: Proper Paraphrases & Direct Quotations — 3:28
(9) Writing a Strong Conclusion — 5:21
(11) Proofing & Creating the Final Draft — :54

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Standard Deviants School English Composition: Enter the Writer
Summary: This program discusses bold ideas, penmanship, and helpful advice on how to write the perfect English paper. ©2002 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(2) Kinds of Writing — 2:04
(3) Characteristics of Academic Prose — 1:30
(4) State Your Position & Back It Up: Your Thesis Statement — 2:45
(5) State Your Position & Back It Up: Your Supporting Evidence & Conclusion — 2:30
(6) Pay Close Attention to Your Organization & Be Fair to Other Points of View — 1:27
(7) Acknowledge All Sources Used — 1:45
(8) Standard Edited American English — :33
(10) How to Improve Your Writing: The Writing Process — 3:12
(11) Getting Started: Clarifying Your Assignment — 6:07

internet Need help with MLA style? Find out the correct way to format your bibliography. This site includes all of the standard citation styles.
internet Citation Machine creates bibliography entries in MLA or APA format. Plug in the source info and copy and paste into your bibliography.

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internet The Gale Glossary of Literary Terms offers a detailed A-Z listing of literary and other writing terms.
internet Just the Facts: Understanding Literature: The Elements of Fiction
Summary: Cites the works of renowned authors, including Twain, Hemingway, and Stevenson, and explores plot, character, conflict, flashback, foreshadowing, and more. ©2003 Goldhil

Video Clips
(1) Introduction — 1:57
(2) Interpretive Fiction — 1:15
(3) Felt Insights: Emotion & Humor — 1:42
(4) Reality & Fantasy Settings — 1:24
(5) The Plot Serves as a Road Map — 1:41
(6) Breaking Down the Plot: Treasure Island — 1:51
(7) The Elements of Surprise & Conflict — 1:41
(8) Types of Literary Characters — 2:52
(9) Tone & Point of View — 2:49
(10) Theme: Underlying Idea that Drives the Story —1:36
(11) Literary Devices: Symbol & Irony — 1:54
(12) Foreshadowing & Flashback — 1:35
internet Standard Deviants School Shakespeare: Introduction to Shakespeare
Summary: Let students meet the man behind the celebrated plays and poems. This program introduces Shakespeare and relates interesting facts about the man and his times. ©2001 Cerebellum

Video Clips
(1) Introduction 0:01:29
(2) Life & Times of Shakespeare: Theater during the English Renaissance — 2:55
(3) Life & Times of Shakespeare: The Prolific Author — 3:11
(4) Life & Times of Shakespeare: Review — :56
(5) Shakespeare's Use of Language: Poetry & Prose — 1:34
(6) Shakespeare's Use of Language: Iambic Pentameter & Blank Verse — 3:44
(8) Elizabethan Drama: The Importance of Words — 3:09
(9) Elizabethan Drama: Real Life versus Stage Life — 4:13
(10) Elizabethan Drama: Symbolic Art — 1:42
(11) Elizabethan Drama: Review — :58


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internet The New York Times has an excellent archive of learning network crosswords. These are great for students looking for a challenge. Twice a month you can play a new crossword puzzle on The New York Times Learning Network. The puzzles are edited by the Times puzzle master, Will Shortz.
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East of the Web has as many as 10 word games to play, including multiplayer options. Try definetime, popword, switchword, storyman and much more. Cool site

internet Merriam-Webster is a great dictionary and great place for word games. Check out the 15+ options on their word games page.
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Games.com is a great place for word games, including Scrabble Blast, Boggle and Family Feud.

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Play Spellbound at Great Day Games and escape in the sublime simplicity. Form as many words as you can and score the highest points possible but do it before the clock runs down.

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Word Racer, Family Feud, Text Twist, Pictowords and more at Yahoo! Games.

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