DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 62 and teaching; Writing (Authorship) – Problems, exercises, etc; Folklore – Plots, storylines, etc; Plots, story- lines, etc. – Study and teaching PUBLISHER: Annenberg Media, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [808.3] *1361673* SCIS 1361673 The literature network www.online-literature.com A vast resource of online texts, the site features over 3000 books and a multitude of short stories and poems. While access to the site is free there is a subscription arrangement with levels of interac- tion. A simple subscription allows the addition of user notes to the text; a larger fee includes assignments, reading programs, the monitoring of student access, a blog and message facilities. Authors are listed alphabetically; to search for a work on the site requires more effort and some internet nous. Each author has a biography, links to information, quizzes and forum discussions. An interesting resource for teachers is Popular quizzes, as many works from the English bookroom can be found here. The site includes essays on Periods & movements, written by academics. There are sections on Shakespeare, the King James Bible, and a Quotes database, which enables users to search by author. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Literature – Collections; Literature – History and criticism PUBLISHER: Jalic, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [808.8] *1332524* SCIS 1332524 Long long time ago: stories for children www.longlongtimeago.com/index.html The site is an eclectic collection of online e-book fiction and factual writing from international cultures, especially England and India. The Indian tales will be a useful addition for English teachers looking to build a resource collection on Asian perspectives for the Australian Curriculum. Divided into sections including fables, Folktales, nursery rhymes, discoveries, Festivals and Tales from history, the site incorporates a wide range of tales, with some illus- trations. An unusual feature is the explanations of the stories behind the texts. The site is unprepossessing to look at, and the number of tales is small, but it is wonderful to have access to trans- lations of Indian tales. Author Rohini Chowdhury’s blog entries allow students to see how writers think about topics and how they write for an audience. Blog entries are categorised to speed research, and because they are well written they are solid resources for teachers seeking factual pieces about life in Asia. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Professional KLA: AC; English SYLLABUS: English K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Literature – Collections; E-books PUBLISHER: longlongtimeago.com, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [808.8] *1523941* SCIS 1523941 Interactives. Literature: what makes a good short story? www.learner.org/interactives/literature Part of an extensive website that provides teaching resources, this section focuses on elements involved in composing or critiquing the short story. A sample story, A jury of her peers by Susan Glaspell, is provided online. Detailed notes on the elements are presented under subheadings such as Constructing plot, Exploring point of view, Creating character, Describing setting, and Analyzing theme. These guidelines can be applied to the analysis of other short stories. Using an IWB, information available on the site could be a useful focus for teaching and learning. Literary visions connects to a number of literature based video programs. Teachers would need to browse and preview these to determine their curriculum relevance. E . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Writing (Authorship) – Study and teaching; Short stories PUBLISHER: Annenberg Foundation, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [809.3] *1522660* SCIS 1522660 The Baldwin online children’s literature project www.mainlesson.com/main/displayarticle.php?article=mission A virtual library, this website contains American children’s classics from the 1880s to 1922 that have been converted into e-books. A wide range of books including nursery rhymes, fables, legends, biographies, history, poetry, fictions, and games is included. Easily navigated, the e-books are available free using the defined interface. Users can adjust display preferences using identified parameters. Reading involves scrolling through chapters. When a chapter is finished, users must select the next chapter to read. Scanned images from printed books are included within the written text. The interface may be cumbersome for some students and the material available could be more suitable for teacher guided lessons on using e-books. Books may be purchased in printed form. Links to other internet libraries are provided, but these would need to be verified for syllabus relevance. A . Frost USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Children’s literature, American – Collections; E-books PUBLISHER: Yesterday’s Classics, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [810.8] *1522032* SCIS 1522032 Book pop www.bookpop.com Interactive storybooks and audio books are available on this site. On the Book-pops link students can choose any of the three titles to read themselves or have read aloud online. Titles include Barely there, Flutterbyes, and Trolls. The stories are similar in style to Aesop’s fables with an American flavour. The language in some is quite sophisti- cated so use on an IWB rather than by individual users on computers may be more appropriate for those less confident. The Story-pop section offers a collection of audio mp3 files of similar stories. These Download free software, such as Adobe digital editions or Calibre, to read e-books on your computer.