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E-Text Websites

These sites give access to text for text reader software like Read&Write,  Kurzweil 3000 or Natural Reader. You'll find:

Folktales and fairytales K-2 3-5 MS HS searchable
Aesop's Fables
A long list of fables and fairy tales. Some of them are accompanied by a recording of a student reading.
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Aesop's Fables from Snaith Primary School
Five short fables with a choice of two morals at the end.
Aesop's Fables from U Mass Amherst
a sizable list of fables written at the 1st or 2nd grade level.
A list of links to the electronic texts of folklore and mythology. Sorted alphabetically on two pages. You can use your browser's search function to search the very long list of texts.
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Reader's Theater Editions
Plays for readers theater by Aaron Shepard. Mostly for ages 8-15. Especially useful is the age index.
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Short stories K-2 3-5 MS HS searchable
Short Stories East of the Web
Very well-designed site with hundreds of short stories to browse or search. The stories can be rated by readers and there is a discussion forum in which you or students can post thoughts about the stories online.
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Short Stories East of the Web for Kids
A section of the above site that is more suitable for upper elementary students.
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Poetry K-2 3-5 MS HS searchable
Giggle Poetry
Has poems that kids can read and rate. Also has links to poetry lessons on how to write different kinds of poems. Material is copyrighted and not for copying or distribution. Poetry theater selections are also included with permission to copy for classroom use.
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Poetry 4 Kids
Very similar to the site above.
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Informational text K-2 3-5 MS HS searchable
Ask Jeeves For Kids
This search engine provides a location for younger students to do online research.
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Encyclopedia Britannica
You can choose to search in the elementary, middle, or high school encyclopedia, or all at once. Subscription required.
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The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. Content is correlated to many popular textbooks, so you can find extension material that coordinates with a chapter you are teaching.
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National Geographic Pioneer
An online news magazine appropriate for younger kids. Also has a a bank of pictures for download.
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Scholastic News
An online news magazine appropriate for kids.
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SIRS Discoverer
Current events, U.S. Govt. resources, arts, humanities. Subscription required.
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SIRS Knowledge Source
Current events, U.S. Govt. resources, arts, humanities for an older audience. You can search by lexile level. Subscription required.
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TweenTribune is free and jam packed with current news stories that are chosen by site coordinators from the Associated Press for the "tween" (age 8-14) audience. Middle school audiences will find the articles easy to read and relate to. The site is easy to navigate with a subject indexed toolbar and it is searchable. There is even a "your town" section for local news stories. [this review was written by Teachers First]     x   x
This search engine is similar to Ask Jeeves but uses different data bases for the results.
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