HOW NEVER TO HATE THIS PAGE (too much)
Ben&Verse may blithely travel on automatic pilot for years -- as the
lovely links it lists sever and the websites die. So what do you do?
You go to your old, old friend the Britannica (www.britannica.com).
Enter a subject into its search box, choose the "Websites" results category -
and wah-lah! Those sites on "Benjamin Franklin", "American
Revolution" or whatever, come out ranked by quality. Now, you may need to
compensate a bit for their juvenile bias, but that's a small price. At the time
of writing (May 2003), this service of Britannica was free.
(NOTE - Links from this page open in a separate browser
window. After clicking a link, you may have to select that window from the
Windows Taskbar [or equivalent] to view the site).
THE ELECTRIC FRANKLIN: BEN'S BEST LINK PAGE
PULEEZ GO THERE FIRST. Diverse, authoritative, and fun, it includes
BEN'S BEST WEBSITE, it's by LEO LEMAY (there you can read Franklin's works
and a knock-out comment). There's also the companion to the PBS
extravaganza on Ben - plus many oddball surprises. YOU MAY NEVER
NEED TO COME BACK HERE (but please do anyway!).
FRANKLIN AT YALE.
Check the "online catalogue" for summaries of the on-going series of more
than three-dozen volumes, providing an excellent biographical resume.
FRIENDS OF FRANKLIN
Franklin fans from all over the earth! Gang up to celebrate Ben's
spirit and learning with tours, events, and on-line news.
THE HISTORY BEN HELPED SHAPE
Celebrate with flags, T-shirts, and, yep, flag-T-shirts; patriotic posters
and pins; catalogs and coins; and revolutionary exhibits on line. It
also includes music, a movie, and even biography. This website's
called "interesting." They got that right.
LOCAL COLOR OF WARFARE
A varied page, full of interest for those not so interested in history -
including forts, and frigates, and fascinating locales.
POWER HOUSE OF THE PAST
An awe-inspiring assemblage of documents, maps, images, course outlines,
and educational sites.
HISTORY IN YOUR POCKET
The papers of the Founding Father's in pocket book form. Also, find out
what inspired them and what they have inspired. See the Athenian
constitution and the Franklin Institute's archives on Ben.
The National Archives is the basic national repository of documents,
providing a biography of America. One fun example: search "Treaty of
Paris" to see B. Franklin's signature.
THE FUTURE THAT BEN’S SPIRIT IS SHAPING
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE ONLINE
Here those with truly youthful (that is,
experimental) approaches can visit and explore.
WORDS, WORDS, WORDS
An alphabetical list of literary terms (from allegory and aphorism to
verisimilitude and verse) defined and explained, with examples -- and very often
-- links, as well.
A rich, very well chosen collection, easily searched by author and broad
YE OLDE ENGLISH SAYINGS
It shows the odd origins of a number of familiar expressions. It's
interactive, with an excellent list of links.
WORDS FROM AMATEURS AND PROS
Words (and images) that aim to satisfy literary, musical, and artistic
NOT JUST FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
A delight for lovers of English, with resources for many other subjects, and
fun with puzzles, lessons (K-12), and jokes. A winner of many awards.
NOT "SECONDARY" AT ALL
For language arts teachers in secondary schools. Includes young adult novel
reviews, articles, and opportunities for publication.
MENTORING ON THE INTERNET
See the latest advances in “CyberEnglish.” That's a mentoring method that helps
make a potential writer an effective publisher on the Internet. Watch for humor:
a syllabus on the web gets called a “syllaweb.”
FREE RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH ONLINE
Free exercises, idioms, common abbreviations, slang, proverbs and more.
TIME TO TELL 'EM OFF
A liberating experience for students facing bullies – and also life’s larger
questions, by the author of the award-winning fantasy, Skybounce.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
Lots of ESL resources for teachers and learners -- including educational
pictures. Other features include a grammar glossary for any English teacher.
FUN AND WORK WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND
Teachers and students learn here to find penpals, teaching materials,
activities, and jobs.
ESL MONTHLY FOR TEACHERS
Journal with lesson plans, handouts, research, and ideas.
(these sites have biographies & bibliographies, as well)
I asked for Ben and got somewhere around 50 quotations (one quite lengthy)
all in one list, easily printed out. This site, based on 45,000
quotations, has outstanding links, including numerous Federal gold mines.
I asked for Ben and got 80 quotations for a delightful read.
However, each quotation required a separate printing. This "Great Books"
site draws on three sources, including "Bartlett's" for 86,000 quotations.
Click Reference, then Quotations.
FOR MORE OR LESS EVERYTHING
The free encyclopedia with articles,
written (and ruthlessly edited) by volunteers.
GOT A QUESTION?
Get the answer based on scores of
encyclopedias and dictionaries.
A LITERATE BLOGGER
“The fact is reality has nothing to do
with the truth,” say our ironist, a blogger-in-chief of many elegant resources.
(And see the clerihews.)
Covers (among many other topics – and from
a wholly different perspective) the SAME subjects you’ll see on both sides of
“Ben and Verse.”