Academic Resources

Reading

What is a Lexile, the instrument that North Lawndale College Prep uses to measure a student’s reading level?

Writing and Language

North Lawndale College Prep’s Writing Rubric

North Lawndale College Prep’s Writing and Media Center

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

Online English Grammar is a comprehensive web site that offers grammar information organized by subject, writing tips, practice online grammar quizzes, and much more.

Merriam Webster and Dictionary.com offer dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, word games, and other references.

Wordsmyth is an online dictionary and thesaurus that also offers several tools and resources, such as the Glossary Maker, the Vocabulary Quiz Maker, and much more. Free registration offers access to all the features.

A-Word-A-Day is a worldwide online community of readers who share a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature. Join the email list to receive a word a day to your inbox.

Vocabulary Workshop, the Sadlier-Oxford vocabulary series. Visit this website for interactive games and puzzles, pronunciation audiofiles, and other helpful tools.

Research

North Lawndale College Prep’s Senior Project Rubric

A Phenomenal List of Research Resources

Turnitin.com is a site that offers resources for both students and educators on plagiarism, proper citation, and suggestions for developing good research and writing skills.

Modern Language Association (MLA) provides information on format, bibliography, style, and convention.

American Psychological Association (APA) provides a standard editorial style that many social and behavioral sciences use to present written material.

Easybib.com is a free automatic bibliography composer that can format in both MLA and APA style.

Speaking

North Lawndale College Prep’s Public Speaking Rubric

Ted Talks, view 1500+ examples of strong public speaking.

Test Prep

The College Board, which produced the SAT exam and the Advanced Placement exams.

The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam (juniors)

The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam (seniors)

The ACT Test

The Prairie State Exam. This exam is the two day, Illinois exam for juniors, taken in the Spring.

General Resources

Refdesk.com is a great resource for references, facts, news, and more.