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- American Collection Educators' Site — The National Council of Teachers of English provides support materials for Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection that are useful independent of that PBS series.
- American Folklore — Retellings of more than 75 American folktales by author and librarian S.E. Schlosser.
- American Life in Poetry — The Library of Congress, Poetry Foundation, and University of Nebraska present a free weekly column for newspapers; each column includes a contemporary poem and a brief introduction by former poet laureate Ted Kooser. Also useful for students and teachers.
- Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts — This journal from Virginia Commonwealth features readings, poetry, fiction, short plays, and interviews.
- Booknotes — Transcripts of 800 author interviews that have appeared on C-SPAN2; 500 of the interviews are also available in streaming video.
- Bookwink — Video podcasts of book talks are designed to attract young readers to books. Hosted by librarian and teacher Sonja Cole.
- Celebration of Women Writers — Electronic texts of older works by women, browsable by author, by century, by country, and by ethnicity. Maintained by Mary Mark at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Children’s Book Council — This trade association presents features on authors and illustrators as well as numerous bibliographies, including the annual listing of trade books appropriate for teaching social studies.
- Children’s Literature — Interviews with authors, themed reviews, and links to teaching materials are all provided at this site.
- Cortland Review — An online literary magazine through which students can hear many works read aloud and discussed by their authors.
- David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page — This site provides in-depth information about the great British writer.
- Eserver Drama Collection — This site presents play scripts, as well as criticism and links to scholarly journals.
- The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School — An online workshop that “explores Native American, African American, Asian American and Latino works through four pedagogical approaches.” From the Annenberg Foundation.
- Favorite Poem Project — Launched by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, the Favorite Poem Project celebrates poetry as an oral art. Videos of 50 Americans talking about their lives and favorite poems are featured, along with teacher-submitted lesson plans.
- Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers — An excellent teacher’s guide for exploring poetry read at the 1998 Dodge Poetry Festival. Video of the PBS program of the same name is not necessary for this guide to be valuable.
- Hans Christian Andersen — The British Museum presents a detailed exhibit on the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen.
- Horn Book — The respected children’s literature journal now makes selected material available online.
- International Children's Digital Library — An international collection—1016 books in 35 languages—is featured on this site, which also presents research papers related to children’s literature.
- Library of Congress Webcasts — Presents video of a range of literary and cultural events.
- LitGloss — A glossary of literary terms, part of a companion site for the college literature textbook The Bedford Introduction to Literature, by Michael Meyer.
- Lit2Go — Florida’s Educational Technology Clearinghouse provides free MP3 files of stories and poems.
- Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum — This site on the American author presents a genealogy, timeline, lesson plans, and more.
- Milton Reading Room — Dartmouth presents this site, complete with full texts of Milton’s work, criticism, and links to other sites on the great English writer.
- Model Bank — Publisher Holt Rinehart and Winston provides this interactive site, which allows students to study annotated examples of various forms of writing.
- Modern American Poetry — A massive site from Cary Nelson at the University of Illinois. For 161 poets, the site provides such materials as critical essays, biographical information, illustrations of book jackets and broadsides, drafts of poems, and interviews. Course syllabi are also provided.
- Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet — Original information about Shakespeare (e.g., a timeline and genealogy) plus extensive links to other Shakespeare resources on the web. From Terry A. Gray of Palomar College.
- New York Times Review of Books — An excellent source for reviews of new books, plus interviews with authors and critical essays.
- The Nobel Prize in Literature — An annotated list of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, with the texts of their Nobel Lectures, links to other resources, and more.
- Online Books Page — A searchable catalog of more than 20,000 online electronic texts, maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Oxford Book of American Essays — This volume was first published in 1914 and its 32 classic essays remain an interesting exploration of American literature. This is one of many classic literary works available from bartleby.com.
- The Paris Review Interviews — The Paris Review has recently made available 50 years’ worth of interviews with renowned authors, from Truman Capote to Isak Dinesen, Ralph Ellison, T.S. Eliot, and Francoise Sagan.
- Poetry Archive — Billing itself as “the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their own work,” this British site includes a special section for children, as well as lesson plans.
- Poetry Everywhere — WGBH in Boston presents poets reading their work, plus 12 short animated films representing specific poems.
- Poetry Magazine — Poetry and articles about poetry are featured in this journal.
- Poetry Out Loud — The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have launched this program, which encourages young people to memorize and perform poems. Numerous poems and a teacher’s guide are provided on the site.
- Poet's Corner — Publisher Gale-Thomson presents this free resource with biographies of 30+ poets, examples of poems with detailed analyses, teaching activities, and more.
- poets.org — Audio clips of poems, essays on reading poetry, poetry lessons and units, and other features related to the work of American poets.
- Project Gutenberg — More than 100,000 ebooks are available at this site, the first to make classic literary works available electronically.
- Representative Poetry Online — The University of Toronto provides this extensive poetry site, with poems, a timeline of English poetry, and criticism.
- Self Works: Diaries, Scrapbooks, and Other Autobiographical Efforts — Introduction to analyzing works people write about themselves, using samples of such works to illustrate the process. From the University of Delaware Library.
- Storytelling in the Classroom — Storyteller Heather Forest presents tips for telling stories, lesson ideas for using stories in the classroom, and a data bank of stories.
- Treasures in Full: Shakespeare in Quarto — Original editions of Shakespeare’s plays can be compared with later versions at this site, which also provides extensive background information on the plays and their production historically.