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LangArts 6-8

Language Arts Resources for Grades 6, 7, and 8.

Critical Reading

Language Arts is about more than just poetry and fiction. It’s about being able to discuss and dissect, to reflect and critique. These sites are meant to engage your critical analysis, to get you to read about and debate crucial issues of our times.

A web blog about current political news geared toward teenage audience.

Journalism by Los Angeles Teens. Go hear to read and discuss. (Warning: Deals with serious real-life themes–no candy coating)

Podcasts of Fiction

Here are podcasts to download for your workout, riding on the bus, or wherever you’d like to be, featuring classic short stories. A mega-site for these and other audio freebees is: Learn Out Loud.

Well-recorded, well-performed classic tales.

A Huge library of recordings voiced by volunteers. The range of recording quality is made up for by the size of this collection, nearing 300.

Super Cool reading

This not your grandfather’s summer reading list. Check out these innovative new works of literature that mix the power of the Internet with awesome story telling.

The story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad. This story becomes more game-like as you read. (Teacher-resources also available).


A great set of resources on how to scan for information. This is a crucial skill for success in high school, where the reading load begins to grow and grow.

Recommended Reading and Book Clubs

Videos of Americans from all walks of life talking about their favorite poems.

Unforgettable Reads from an Excellent bookstore located in the heart of Los Angeles.

a moderated discussion board about great reads for the summer.

Grammar & Vocab

Answer Grammar Questions to help end global hunger!

More Big Resource Lists

Los Angeles Students

A branch of an exciting free tutoring center that offers creative writing classes and help with homework. Check them out in one of their two locations. 2 Locations:

826LA WEST, SPARC Building, 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
(310) 305-8418

826LA EAST, 1714 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, CA, 90026
(213) 413-3388

BBC Game: The Big Scan