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Textbook

CBSE Tamil Nadu Grade VIIIEnglish (make selection)

NCERT Grade VIIIGrade VI Textbook: Honeydew - Supplementary Reading: It's So Happened

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Reference Resource

Author Sites

Brian Jacque - author of Redwall books.

Cynthia Leitich Smith - award winning author.

Jane Austen Information Page - all about Jane Austen.

Kevin Henkes - author of picture books, mouse books and novels.

Laurie Halse Anderson - author of acclaimed novels.

Leslea Newman - author of picture books. novels for teens.

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House: Home of "Little Women" - author has been on the Best Seller List for a hundred years, that's right, years!!

No Flying, No Tights - graphic novel review site.

Seymour Simon - the dean of children's science writing', in the words of the New York Times.

Shakespeare for Kids - learn about Shakespeare and the England of his time.

Sharon Creech - author of novels Bloomability, Hate That Cat, etc.

Tamora Pierce - author of young adult fantasy.

The Charles Dickens Information Page - includes extensive references.

Will Hobbs - author of adventure books.

Grammar

Bluebook of Grammar and Punctuation

Big Dog’s Grammar - this dog know his grammar.

Jack Lynch’s Grammar and Style Notes - the site was last updated in 2011, but the contents are evergreen.

On-line English Grammar

Literature

Cliff Notes - short and to-the-point summary and analysis of literary texts used in high school and college.

Glossary of Literary Terms - title says it all.

My Virtual Desk Reference – Books and Literature on the Net - search for links by topic.

NovelGuide - analysis of popular novels.

Online Literary Criticism Collection - critical reviews of many literary works.

Read Print - "Free online books, poems, essays, short stories, plays and non-fiction for students and teachers. The site features over 8,000 books and 3,500 authors."

Spark Notes - on-line study guide, just like Cliff Notes.

Poetry

Columbia University Bartleby Library - poems and quotations.

Poets.org - poems, writings on poems and biographies of poets, mostly American in origin as the site is an undertaking of the American Academy of Poets.

The Poetry Foundation - online site of Poetry Magazine.

The Poetry Archives - poems written by many poets, of all stripes.

Writing

Common Proofreading Symbols - find out what your English teacher is saying with those notations.

Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Good Writing - excellent site.

Elements of Style by William Strunk - this is the standard reference for US students.

Guide to Grammar and Writing and Principles of Composition - an index of references, by topic.

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay - learn to write a good essay.

Principles of Composition - learn the basics of good composition.

Purdue On-line Writing Lab - the best on-line help with writing, bar none.

Resource on the Web

Dictionary

Merriam Webster's Word Central - site meant for "younger humanoids" is useful to look up words, build your own dictionary, create rhyming verse, or communicate in code with your friends.  A "Daily Buzzword" will help you learn new words.    

Photographic Dictionary - " illustrates over five thousand common words with beautiful photos, and has many more common words sorted into categories."

Visual Dictionary Online - pick and theme and learn about related vocabularies.

Wordsmyth - comprehensive Dictionary-Thesaurus Suite.

Wordsmyth for kids! - dictionary for Grade IV - VIII. 

Your Dictionary - fantastic dictionary for many uses and all ages.

Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia - "more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations."

Video

CBSE Class 8 Grammar - Edu Class


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