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The Elements of Literature Internet site provides dynamic activities and up-to-date instruction in reading, writing, media, vocabulary, and listening and speaking skills. Although most of the resources on this site were created with students in mind, the site is available to teachers and others who use the Elements of Literature program.

Entering the Site

To enter the Elements of Literature Internet site, users access go.hrw.com and enter one of the keywords found in their textbook. They will then arrive at one of two different entry points to the site, depending on which keyword they enter.

Users who enter the keyword EOLIT will go to the Elements of Literature home page. The home page provides general access to all the site’s resources.

Users who enter a collection-specific keyword from their textbook, such as LE5 9-3, will go directly to an Elements of Literature collection page. Each collection page provides resources specific to that collection.

Navigating the Site

To access collection-specific resources, use the pull-down menus at the left of each screen, or click a grade number at the top of the page to find a table of contents for that grade.

Alternatively, users can access all of the site’s Literature, Reading, Writing, Media, or Language resources through the buttons at the top of the screen.

Linking back to collection pages from any activity is easy. Students can use the global navigation as described above or simply click on the Collection Menu button.

Features of the Site

Each collection page is divided into skill areas that focus on the skills for literary response and analysis; informational reading; vocabulary development; writing, listening and speaking, and media analysis. Elements of Literature skills are listed for each area in the pop-up boxes. These can be accessed by clicking the "Skills Focus" icons. The following activity types support these skill areas:

Selection Resources

Author Biographies
Expanded biographical information is provided for many of the authors in the Elements of Literature textbook.

Projects and Activities
These activities for groups and individuals provide creative and interactive ways to extend the selections from Elements of Literature.

Literature Links
  Outside links extend, enhance, and support the literature selections in the Elements of Literature program by linking users to carefully researched Internet sites.

Web sites accessed through go.hrw.com are reviewed regularly. However, on-line materials change continually and without notice. Holt, Rinehart and Winston cannot ensure the accuracy or appropriateness of materials other than our own. Students, teachers, and guardians should assume responsibility for checking all on-line materials.

Literary Elements
Printable graphic organizers allow users to explore literary elements such as plot, the sounds of poetry, and imagery and to apply these elements of literature to texts.

Reading Workshops
Each interactive Reading Workshop guides users through questions about an informational article. User responses to these questions are temporarily stored on the My Responses page, which users can print out or e-mail to their teachers. Note: Users must print out or e-mail their responses immediately since responses will be lost once users click out of the Reading Workshop.

Word Watch
Interactive vocabulary activities provide definitions, words in context, synonyms, antonyms, multiple meanings, word histories, and other interesting facts about vocabulary words taught in the Elements of Literature program.

Interactive Writer’s Models
Interactive Writer’s Models illustrate the types of writing taught in the Elements of Literature Writing Workshops. Each interactive Writer’s Model is a fully interactive model paper, complete with hyperlinked annotations and writing tips.

Printable Models
Printable Professional Models and Student Models of the different types of writing found in the textbooks give users additional opportunities to explore examples of quality writing.

Media Scope Tutorials
Media Scope tutorials present the elements used in media messages and encourage users to analyze real-world media.

Make Your Own Media
Make Your Own Media provides users with step-by-step instructions on how to create and deliver effective multimedia presentations.

Great Speeches in History
Video clips from historical speeches help users analyze elements of great speechmaking. Users can also view and print a copy of the complete speeches.

The Elements of Literature Internet site’s polls provide users with numerous opportunities to share opinions safely over the Web.

  • Speak Your Mind: These quick-click polls found on the site’s home page encourage users to express their opinions on issues of interest to students. Instant results graph the current tally from users across the country. Speak Your Mind polls rotate monthly, giving students a chance to speak their minds about different issues and to see how other students feel about the same topic.
  • Take a Stand: Many Reading Workshops poll students on issues presented in the reading. Results from these polls appear instantly as graphs.

At the top of the page are skills areas (Literature, Reading, Writing, Media, and Language). These include easy-to-find compilations of information found in the tables of contents, as well as additional resources.

Find the complete list of all Author Biographies and Literary Elements. Also on this page are Novel Guides. These four-page, printable synopses of novels introduce characters, give plot summaries, and provide additional suggestions for further reading.

The complete list of Reading Workshops, listed by title and divided by grade level, can be found in this section.

All of the Writer’s Models can be linked to from this page. Additional Writer’s Models for types of writing not covered in the Writing Workshops are also included. All of the Student Models and Professional Models can be accessed from this section as well.

The Media Scope Tutorials, Make Your Own Media, and Speeches can be accessed from the Media skills area.

In addition to over 800 words in Word Watch, users can also access Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Activities. Four self-scored activities per grade level are provided. Also on this page are Resources Links to quality activities and Web sites. These have been carefully selected to assist users in extending their study of literature, reading, vocabulary, writing, listening and speaking, and media analysis.