• 7th Grade Language Arts
    This web page is to supplement the materials being presented under the 7th Grade Language Arts Curriculum. These cyber guides are a fun way to explore these great authors and their works in greater detail. To access these sites, please click on the URL that is found with the descriptions. Enjoy

    Join our journey through a classic short story, "A Jury of Her Peers," by Susan Glaspell. Along the way, you'll solve the mystery of whether Minnie Wright killed her husband and explore the story's literary elements. You will also encounter rest stops where you can read more about the structure of story and take part in activities related to "A Jury of Her Peers". 


    poe museumThe Poe Museum

    If you've ever written a love poem, seen a horror movie, or enjoyed a murder mystery novel then you have experienced a part of popular culture inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, he is still influencing popular culture 160 years after his death. Locked door murders, romantic poetry, and trips to the moon are just part of who Poe was and what he wrote.

    Activities in this section of the website will introduce you to  Poe's life and works.  Watch one of Poe's stories brought to life or solve the mystery of his death. Check out the link below to learn more and submit your own theory about Poe's untimely demise.


    This timeline provides a short chronology of events in American history and literature.  It is linked to course pages and bibliographies as well as to a set of more general linked resources: pages on American authors, literary movements,and American literature sites.

    Each author page contains a picture (if available), a bibliography (if available), links to major sites about the author, and links to works online. http://wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/timefram.html 

    Find here a rich collection of books, maps, objects, and paintings from the Folger collection. Not only is the Folger the largest Shakespeare collection in the world, it's also one of the world's three great libraries for studying early modern Europe (1450–1700). This site also has interactive games, puzzles as well as reproductions of period pieces from Shakespeare's times.

    treesThe Forest of Rhetoric

    This online rhetoric, provided by Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University, is a guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric. Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.

    This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years).

    A forest is the metaphor for this site. Like a forest, rhetoric provides tremendous resources for many purposes. However, one can easily become lost in a large, complex habitat (whether it be one of wood or of wit). The organization of this central page and the hyperlinks within individual pages should provide a map, a discernible trail, to lay hold of the utility and beauty of this language discipline. (Burton)

    banner Celebrate 200 Years of Britain's Greatest Novelist. Dickens 2012 is your online portal into the life and times of this great writer.This site has several links to time lines, games and interesting portrayals.

    Dicken's father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office and because of this, the family had to move from place to place: Plymouth, London, Chatham. It was a large family and despite hard work, his father couldn't earn enough money. In 1823 he was arrested for debt and Charles had to start working in a factory, labelling bottles for six shillings a week. The economy eventually improved and Charles could go back to school. After leaving school, Charles started to work in a solicitor's office. He learned shorthand and started as a reporter working for the Morning Chronicle in courts of law and the House of Commons. In 1836 his first success was published, The Pickwick Papers. This was followed by more novels: Oliver Twist (1837), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39) and Barnaby Rudge (1841). He travelled to America later that year and aroused the hostility of the American press by supporting the abolition movement. In 1858 he divorced from his wife Catherine, who had borne him ten children. During the 1840s his social criticism became more radical and his comedy more savage: Novels like David Copperfield (1849-50), A Tale of Two Cities (1959), Great Expectations (1860-61) only increased his fame and respect. His last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood was never completed and was later published posthumously. ( IMDb Mini Biography By: Mattias Thuresson  )

    Since that time his works have been adapted into 298 versions of theater pieces, videos, full length films, TV series and even cartoons. Click here to see the filmography and adaptations of many of his works.