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Language Arts Resources



Click Here To See The NC Curriculum For English Language Arts




Resources by grade level listed below may not match with NC Standards if they originate from another state. When working with a particular concept, you may need to go up or down a grade to find the concept as it matches the NC standards.

Kid Port Language Arts - An Internet-based service designed to help
K-8 students excel in school.
Kid Port Reference Center (Reading, Writing, Writing Generator)
iknowthat - Language Arts
Google - Synonym Search - If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term.
Dictionary Definitions - To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word "define" then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type "define:" followed by a word or phrase. Note that the results will define the entire phrase.
Spell Checker - Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that term.
Kids Online Resources - A list of online resource links to language arts, spelling, grammar, poetry, online stories and more.

Ks2 Bitesize - Game resource for elementary reading, writing, spelling, and grammar


  • Paper Rater - Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and More
  • OneWord.com - Practice writing - One word gives you 60 seconds to write about one word that appears on the screen.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
  • Grammar Ninja- Game for practicing grammar.
  • Writing Reviser - Requires school password for SAS Curriculum Pathways (middle and high school resource - See School technology facilitator for log on information)
  • Write Express - Online Rhyming Dictionary
  • RhymeZone - Type a word to get words that rhyme



  • Creating a First-Rate Book Report - Tips on how to write a book report
  • Scholastic Book Report Sandwich Station - "Here's a great way to gather all the ingredients you'll need to write a tasty book report. With each sandwich layer, you'll enter a different piece of important information. Once you've made a sandwich, creating your book report will be a snap!"

33 Ways to Share Books - Alternatives To Standard Book Reports - Don't forget to get teacher approval first for this : )
1. Make a new book jacket, designing the cover art and the blurb or synopsis on the back.
2. Prepare a one-page newspaper about the book. Include the 5 W’s: who the main characters are, what happened, where the story takes place, when the story takes place and why you did or did not enjoy the book.
3. Write a letter to the author, telling her how much you enjoyed the book and why.
4. Make a poster for the book, including why you would recommend that someone read the book.
5. Create a postcard with an important event on the front and write a letter to a friend explaining what the book was about and whether or not they should read it.
6. Write a script for a radio or TV broadcast of an important part in the story.
7. Keep a diary for a character in the book.
8. Make a comic strip telling the story.
9. Make a map of where the story takes place. Make a map key that shows where important parts of the story happened.
10. Make a crossword puzzle or word search using characters names, the title, setting, and other important words from the book.
11. Create a scroll or hand-rolled movie to illustrate the book.
12. Write about why or why it would not make a great movie.
13. Describe a scene from the book as if you were a TV reporter.
14. Make a shoebox diorama of an important event in the book.
15. Write a poem about the book.
16. Put an important item from the book into a shoebox. Write up clues so your class can guess what the item is. Then explain why the item is important to the story.
17. Make a time line of events in the story.
18. Rewrite one of the important moments in a storybook for a younger child.
19. Choose a character in the book you would like (or not like) to have as a friend. Explain why.
20. Write a glossary (dictionary) of words from the story. Include definitions and some illustrations.
21. Plan a restaurant menu with items that you think the characters in the story would eat.
22. Create paper dolls of the two main characters.
23. Write an interview between the two main characters.
24. Pick a book you think the main character would enjoy reading. Explain why you think they would like to read it.
25. Make a list of facts you learned from the book.
26. Use the setting of the book to create a greeting card. Write to the main character in the card and tell them how you feel about them.
27. Write a song about the book.
28. Write a list of questions you have about the book.
29. Write about the text to text and text to self connections you made reading this book.
30. Make a board game based on the book.
31. Create trading cards of the main characters
32. Create a cereal box book report
33. Make a commercial
NOTE: words in bold indicate that there is a template or link for that activity on this Wiki