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Current Reports

LAVC Students Special Edition Web Addresses for Many Interesting Sites

July 27, 2008

Doc Rosow’s Fall 2008 web sites for
English, Education and Children’s Literature

NOTE Even if you are not in a class, you may find information of interest on these sites. Just go in and look around.

NOTE These are not hot links. You will want to copy them and paste them into the URL line to get to them.

The more you read, the more you know – Doc Rosow

• Lists of Books, Awards and Book-related
• Free Books and Inexpensive Books
• For a Good Time
• Banned Books Week and Censored Books
• Academic Reference Sites
• John Dewey Sites
• Especially for Teachers
• English Language Learners (ELL)
• Grammar and Function
• Photos Online – Free
• Organizations, Agencies, Sites of Interest
The Caldecott Medal history
Caldecott Medal home page
Newbery Award Winners

• Free Books and Inexpensive Books

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY – You can download this FREE and print it out.

Dover Publications
NOTE Dover Thrift series has out-of-copyright, very inexpensive books.
Request a catalogue online.
NOTE Many of children’s classic editions are abridged.
NOTE Many descriptions give good examples of a summary sentence.
NOTE Dover does not take American Express.
PROJECT GUTENBERG out-of-copyright books—FREE.
Charles Dickens Gad’s Hill Place – Home
This site has a vast collection of quotes, biographical data, summaries.

Gaslight online copy of Charles Dickens’ own reading copy of
A Christmas Carol: The Reading Version (condensed from the original by the author)

Project Gutenberg copy of the entire A Christmas Carol in text file form

Project Gutenberg copy of H. G. Wells’ Twelve Stories and a Dream including
“The Inexperienced Ghost”


NOTE This site has over 200 classical novel digitized for download. The offerings have seven Dickens titles including A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. This site highlights those books currently appearing on public school required reading lists.

No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

• For a Good Time

For the thinkers:
From Lorenza Cooperman (3/22/07)

Color the Birds
This online coloring book requires a color computer monitor.
Click on a color and then click the bird feather you want to be that color.
Mistake? Click on white and then the feather and you are back to feather-zero.
This page is one adults will enjoy as much as kids do.
Some of the pages have illustrations that very clearly target the under six crowd.
Under six can have a very good time here, too.

NIEH music and lyrics online
Here are old favorites from movies, lullabies, and campfire collections. The lyrics are there and your computer will actually play the music.
NOTE If you are using a Mac and are having trouble getting the music to play, try downloading the free Foxfire software. After you are online, open the Foxfire and enter this http address into your browser line. Then play away.

Aaron Shepard - A Guide to Reader’s Theater
The tips on staging are worth the trip, but there is much much more.

Robert Sabuda’s Pop-up Books Website

• Banned Books Week and Censored Books

Banned Books Week
The American Library Association has designated September 23 to October 30, 2006 and September 29 to October 6, 2007 as Banned Books Week. Their web site has information on the observance.

For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit

ALA most frequently challenged books

• Academic Reference Sites

This is a fascinating culture and language research project conducted by Mary Erbaugh.
NOTE It works better on a PC than on a Mac.


Statistics can support your research papers on almost any topic.

Stanford University’s Jonsson Library has established a website that provides access to government statistics through many links. For an interesting time, go to:

The US Department of Labor has a full page of stats at:
BLS has longitudinal studies at:




Office of Intellectual Freedom
NOTE This is part of the American Library Association site. It provides sources for librarians and others who are interested in freedom of speech. There are graphs showing the challenges by year that could be useful to someone researching the shifts in public attitudes.

Time magazine Rosa Parks story
This highlights the story of Rosa Parks from the perspective of her December 21, 1956 non-violent protest that changed the nation.
NOTE There are 100 such profiles in this collection that could support research.

• John Dewey Sites

John Dewey sites
This site, developed by a group of educators, gives a biography of John Dewey and has links to essays on his thinking and approach to education.

Here is The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy site for John Dewey.

• Especially for Teachers

California Reading Association

Teacher Preparation Academy

California Content Standards

California Curriculum Frameworks

CBEST site

Reading Instruction Competence Test

Barnes and Noble free classes Barnes & Noble University
You do not get credit. You do not pay a fee. You just have fun and learn.
EXAMPLE There are online classes in the history of Jazz, poetry, and English grammar.

ONLINE Sign up for
Job announcements from “Chronicle Careers” in The Chronicle of Higher Education
NOTE There are many free articles at this site.

Regular postings from Steve Krashen – SIGN UP! It’s FREE!

& Download FREE or call for a copy Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America (Research Division Report #46). National Endowment for the Arts Survey July 8, 2004 Contact: Garrick Davis 202-682-5570
60 pages you can download from:

& Download FREE Imagine! Introducing Your Child to the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts, 2004. This reprint of the 1997 NEA publication revises and updates the previous edition's material on introducing children to the arts. Made for parents, the publication includes activities and suggestions in literature, dance, music, theater, visual arts, folk arts, and media arts aimed specifically at children ages 3-8 years old. Includes pull-out guide of arts activities. 68 pp.
Order Hard Copy Download pdf
Download pdf of pull-out guide of arts activities. 4 pp

PACE Policy Analysis for California Education
This article has many links to essays of interest to ELL and literacy professionals. It examines assessment and the No Child Left Behind Act practices.

HOT AIR: How States Inflate Their Educational Progress Under NCLB
Among things, the article challenges the "one-size-fits-all accountability" for No Child schools.

• English Language Learners (ELL)

Institute for Language and Education Policy
Research-Based Advocacy for Schools and Communities
Go to this site for the latest on the
No Child Left Behind controversy
and for information about bilingual education.

• Grammar and Function

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English any edition
CD Rom

Little Brown Handbook any edition Fowler 8th has CD,2371,0321075072,00.html

Thesaurus – any publisher – This is a book of words that offers more than a synonym dictionary. It will suggest alternate words for alternate perspectives. It usually will also suggest antonyms. Many word processing programs now have them, but the tradition paper copies allow the user to flip back and forth during contemplation of the right words to use in a specific text.

Lynch Guide to Grammar and Style

Lynch How to Get an A on an English Paper

Jones verb tenses

English irregular verbs

English Grammar

Cooper Homonyms


California State University, Chico - Meriam Library provides photos you may download for your use. These photos are not from the Library of Congress collection, another good reference resource.

National Park Service Digital Images Archives
Here is a resource for nature and anthropological images.

• Organizations, Agencies, Sites of Interest

California Reading Association

Teacher Preparation Academy

California Content Standards

California Theatre Standards for all Grade Levels

California Science Standards

California Language Arts Standards

California History-Social Science Standards

California Curriculum Frameworks

Commission on Teacher Credentialing
This website has links to many aspects of public school teacher preparation in California.

CBEST site

Reading Instruction Competence Test

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

The Chronicle of Higher Education
NOTE Those interested in education relate jobs can sign up for free e-notices from the jobs directory.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Directory of Accredited Online Degrees

Ask Dr. Math

Institute for Language and Education Policy
Research-Based Advocacy for Schools and Communities
Go to this site for the latest on the No Child Left Behind controversy
and for information about bilingual education.

English Language and Literacy Advocates

Directory of Accredited Online Degrees

Get on the mailing list for USPO stamp catalogues FREE
1 (800) 782-6724

Maya Angelou Elementary GREAT FRONT PAGE
Balanced Literacy Handbook
NOTE The “Look Fors” are siple and eas to follow.

The Literacy Gap
January 9, 1997
This is the transcript of a discussion regarding the differences among successful groups of students and those who are not.
A print rich environment is noted as key.


L.A. Theatre Works – The Play’s the Thing
At 10pm on Saturday nights, LA Theatre Works presents a play on 89.3 KPCC FM.
It is free and always entertaining.
For a week following the broadcast, you can go to the website and listen to it. After that, you can listen to the first 15 minutes.

Selected Works

Classical Literature, Reference, Teen, Adult, and ESL Readers, Literacy, Annotated Bibliography and Teaching Ideas
Easy to Challenging titles will help those who want to discover or rediscover the books English readers have always loved.
Non-Fiction; literacy case studies; adult and family literacy
Theory-to-practice connections for pre-literate and low literate adults and children.
Reference and guide for teaching reluctant readers, new readers, and English language learners
This is a collection of great book titles sorted according to themes that appeal to adult and teen readers. Themes progress from picturebooks to challenging texts.