Reading Links for ESL 302L, ESL 91L, and ESL 1R/English 1A

Comprehensive Reading Resources on Multiple Themes

Using Primary Sources  A resource guide for teachers.
Under-Told Stories Project  This site is from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. It features stories from outside America "to reawaken the generous curiosity of Americans -- our students in particular -- about a world we can no longer ignore." Click on Stories or Topics.
Perspectives from KQED Public Radio  Listen to and read perspectives on a variety of subjects and current issues given by people in the Bay Area.
TED (for Technology, Entertainment and Design ~ an event that features speakers who have won prizes to help change the world)- Watch, read, and listen to speakers from all over the world present their ideas on changing the world. (captioning available)
Immigration  Exhibitions and Presentations on American Immigration from the Library of Congress.
Hispanic Americans  Click Exhibitions and Presentations and Collection Connections to read articles on this theme from the Library of Congress.
Asian Pacific Americans  Click Exhibitions and Presentations and Collection Connections to read articles on this theme from the Library of Congress.
Author Khaled Hosseini Visit the homepage of the author, read his biography, keep up with his blog, and check out the Media clips.
New York Times Learning Network  This site provides daily news summaries, word of the day with a link to a related article, quizzes, and readings in 10 academic subject areas under Explore the Learning Network by Subject." (Scroll down toward the end of the page for the Subject link.)
Public Agenda   A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Americans explore public issues. Scroll down to Issues Guide and select an important issue to read about.   Information on citizenship, United States immigration, and latest immigration law.
 PBS.ORG   Explore feature articles on Science and Nature, Life and Culture, History, News and Views, etc.
Journal Watch
Medicine that matters  
Physicians offer clinical perspectives on key research and news.
The American Experience Themes include The Presidents, The American Landscape, Popular Culture, Biographies, War and Politics, and Technology
The United Nations Development Programme   Reports on human development projects around the globe and the UN millenium project, etc. are available at this site.  
First Generation  Life Histories and Experiences of First Generation College Students at Santa Clara University.  Themes include Family Histories and Arrivals,  Adapting and Adjusting, Identity. 
Habitat for Humanity   Read articles on specific Habitat projects. The site includes award-winning videos. 
Kids with Cameras  Kids with cameras is a  program that helps kids growing up in difficult circumstances in Calcutta, Haiti, Jerusalem, and Cairo find self-respect and artistic expression through the art of photography. 
Visions of the 21st Century    From, Visions of the 21st century includes topics such as science, culture and lifestyle, technology, geopolitics, health and environment.
Influential Leaders   Time's 100 most influential leaders of the 20th century: Leaders and Revolutionaries, Artists and Entertainers, Builders and Titans, Scientists and Thinkers, Heroes and Icons, and the Person of the Century - Einstein.
Center for Latin American Studies  Read and view images documenting immigrant labor from the Center for Latin America exhibit, "Trabajadores Immigrantes/ Immigrant Workers."  
Third World Network  An article from Third World Network - "Latin America: Women Immigrants Targets of Xenophobia"  
Asian Americans  A complete guide to and historical account of Asian Americans in Santa Clara County, a Santa Clara University site    An excellent source of human interest stories (click on archived stories at bottom of page for a complete list.)  Photo, Video, and Media Lab make this site a complete learning experience.
Awesome   Excellent resource consisting of 8 channels of articles on topics such as history, biography, religion, movies, etc.  Links within the text provide additional reference material.
How Stuff Works  Click on a super category of interest to learn how something works.  A subset of categories will appear.  Click on a topic of interest.
Santa Clara County Programs and Services  Your connection to Santa Clara County's programs and services.

Human Rights and Global Ethics  The web site for Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth. Read the links on global warming, especially The Science, Take Action, and See the Truth.
Architects of Peace  Santa Clara University's Architects of Peace Project sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Recipients of Peace awards are listed alphabetically. With each entry there is a link for Resources for Teachers and Students and Reflections for Working Towards Peace.
Declaration of Human Rights  Read The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by The United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
Global Issues  ISSUES IN GLOBAL EDUCATION/OCCASIONAL PAPERS covers important topics that an interconnected and rapidly changing world raises for educators and education policy makers
Realizing Rights  "A World connected by trade and technology must be bound by common values." Homepage and statement of the Ethical Globalization Initiative
The Carter Center   Homepage of the Carter Center: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope
The Clinton Foundation   Click "Transforming Ideas Into Action" to read about important global issues addressed by the foundation.  
PACEM IN TERRIS  Encyclical of Pope John XXIII (PACEM IN TERRIS) on rights and duties required to attain peace and justice in an ordered universe.
The History Channel  Videos and great speeches on a variety of historical topics.
Desmond Tutu  A profile of South Africa's leader for peace and reconciliation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 
Interview with Desmond Tutu 
Listen to an online NewsHour historical overview and personal interview with Archbishop Desmond by Ray Suarez. Read along.
The Dali Lama  The Dali Lama's biography  ~ Message for 09/11/01 ~ Instructions for Life 
Conflict Resolution   Read about Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu and his struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
The Dali Lama  The Dali Lama's biography  ~ Message for 09/11/01 ~ Instructions for Life ~ Millenium Message
Thich Nhat Hanh  A biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, renowned Buddhist Monk and peace activist.
Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr  Read about one of the world's leading experts on Islamic science and spirituality and University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University.
Center for Global Ethics  Homepage for the Center for Global Ethics
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics  Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics focuses on  ethical issues of the 21st century.  Focus areas include Business Ethics, Biotechnology & Health Care Ethics, Character Education, Global Ethics, Government Ethics, and Technology Ethics.
Nobel Peace Prize  Read about Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and the contributions for which they have been recognized.

Amazing History Sites

A Biography of America from Annenberg/CPB. Learn the History of America with Key Events, Transcripts, Maps, and Webography available for every topic.
Selected Themes in American History  Select a theme in American History and then click Collection Connections to read a variety of articles put together by the Library of Congress.
Teach Global Ed from Ohio State University's Social Studies and Global Education Program offers a wealth of resources on regions of the world and issues of current multicultural and international significance. 
Japanese Internment -World War II explores the factors that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.  Read about internment locations and study the historical documents related to this shameful episode in American history.

History of U.S. Presidents  Read histories of U.S. Presidents. 

Read their speeches  An index of U.S. Presidents, their speeches, writings, biographies, etc. 

The Encyclopedia of Slavery  Scroll down for links on  Slave Accounts, The System of Slavery, Slave Life, etc.  
Hyperhistory online This site covers over 3000 years of historical figures and events with maps and timelines. Use navigation buttons on the left. Short snapshots contain links to related material.
National Archives Online Exhibits   Four pages of documents starting with the Charters of Freedom and chronicling important events in American life.
The Declaration of Independence  Read this important document that declared the Independence of the thirteen original colonies from Great Britain.
Charters of Freedom  Click the links at the top of the page to read the Charters of freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights.
America.Gov - Telling America's Story  Click a topic: Foreign Policy, U.S. Politics, American Life, Democracy, and Science and Health. Scroll down the home page for links to articles on different regions of the world.
List of history sites  For other sites of historical interest, try this link.
One Hundred Years of Photography Explore the 20th century through photographs in the National Archives." 

Literature and Reading Guides

Farewell to Manzanar  Background information and discussion questions for this autobiography prepared by K. Hanson, ESL 302.
Study Guides for Literature  Numerous literary works are covered in this Site by Paul Brians at Washington State University.
Modern American Poetry -a description from an amazing site: What makes MAPS unique is its emphasis on collaborative process. MAPS is not a single, didactic edifice that hides its agenda behind a veil of authority. It is a living, breathing conversation between hundreds of poets, scholars, and readers, constantly growing and presented in an eminently clear and usable way. Extraordinary in its depth and breadth, and a one-of-a-kind resource for teaching modern American poetry, MAPS provides a single clearinghouse for some of the best criticism on the best poets of our time.  Site of the American Academy of Poets
Poetry Foundation  Find a poem and discover poetry at this site. Watch videos and listen to poets reading their own poems.
The Literature Page  Read classic books, plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches online.  
Africa Access  Find books on Africa for readers of all ages at this site.
Discussion Guides from Vintage Books help instructors and students frame in-class discussions through comprehension questions that explore reading themes. These guides are available for numerous books by authors of various ethnicities.
Reading Group Guides provide general discussion resources for a wide selections of fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, and poetry. Scroll to Guides by Title to find what you are looking for.
Great Books Online   Select from Reference, Verse, Fiction, or Nonfiction and scroll down to Contents or the list of Works under each category and click a selection to read.
Reader's Choices  Looking for a great book to read? Scroll through this list of Reader's Choices and search for a book by subject. 
Biographical Dictionary  The Biographical Dictionary "covers more than 33,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world."
Bibliomania  Choose from e-books, poems, articles, short stories, and plays for free.
Mystery Stories   Read and solve mini-mystery stories at this site. A new story is added each month.
literary devices  Learn all you need to know about literary devices on this site.
Build a story  Use content, syntax, and grammar clues to build a story. These challenging activities are guaranteed to strengthen your reading skills

Current Events  Follow the agenda of the Obama Administration, read White House updates and blogs and view videos.
PBS News Hour  Read transcripts from the PBS Online Newshour.  
CNN News Transcripts  Read what is broadcast daily on CNN News  
The New York Times                CNN                       The Mercury News       
The Los Angeles Times           The BBC                The Washington Post
International News Sources     Select a news source from around the world.
National Geographic News - Select a topic on the left to read current reports in many professional fields.


Critical Reading   Topics on critical reading
Interactive Exercises   Here you will find excellent reading quizzes and interactive exercises on a wide range of topics.
Quotations  Over 20,000 quotations are archived at this site.
Internet Search    Learn how to conduct an Internet Search.
English Learner Movie Guides  Read synopses of movies that include a summary of the plot, a list of characters and an extensive glossary of vocabulary and cultural references.  

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