High School English Literature: Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents
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High school English literature is so much more than just reading. There are names and dates to remember, timeframes and historical contexts to fit everything into, and poems, sonnets, plays and novels to analyze. Whether you can’t wait to devour more Jane Austen or are dreading that next essay, we’ve found the literature Web sites that can get you from freshman year through graduation.
- Use exact words to find just the right quote or poem. For example, searching “Dickinson poem” may be too broad, but “Emily Dickinson, rose” will bring up just the right poem. Refer to the findingDulcinea Guide to Web Search for more tips.
- Never plagiarize. Just because something is on the Internet doesn’t mean that it’s fair game, and even accidental plagiarism can earn you a failing grade. To find out more about what constitutes plagiarism and how to cite other people’s work properly, see the findingDulcinea Plagiarism Prevention Web Guide.
- Reading authors such as Shakespeare can be daunting to some. For those who could benefit from hearing the words spoken, there are online services that provide audio recordings of Shakespeare's works.
Teaching high school English literature means casting a wide net, from the Middle Ages to contemporary American writing. We’ve found Web sites that fully utilize the Internet to help keep your students engaged no matter which century they’re focused on.
- We usually avoid recommending sites that are mere directories of links to outside sources. In our education guides, however, we make exceptions to this rule in order to provide you with as much helpful content as possible. Make sure to approach every directory with caution and evaluate the links before using a tool in the classroom.
- To help your students understand the historical context of what they’re reading, use the resources recommended in the findingDulcinea U.S. History Web Guide.
Your children may want to discuss what they’re reading or ask you for help as they study for a test or write a paper. Here are sites that can help you help them when they study high school English literature at home.
- Ask your child’s teacher what the class is reading and what’s coming next so you can prepare ahead of time and make sure your child is ready when the unit starts.
- Take a look at the other sections in this Web guide for more sites that may help you at home. And, visit the findingDulcinea Homeschooling Web Guide for ideas about bringing literature into the home classroom.