Grades 11-12 ELA Online Resources

Grades 11-12 ELA Online Resources

General Reading/Writing/Grammar Resources:

Khan Academy Reading/Writing Practice

Khan Academy Grammar Practice

Purdue OWL: 

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

Grammar Bytes: Grammar Instruction With Attitude 


SAT/ACT/PERT Resources:


Khan Academy




Test Prep Review

Union Test Prep

Daytona State College

Valencia College



11-12  grade FLDOE  ELA standards-based tutorials:

Tutorial 1

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to distinguish what is directly stated from what is really meant when working to analyze point of view in a text. Throughout this tutorial, we will focus on identifying and examining several types of irony as we study select epitaphs from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. In doing so, we will work to interpret an author’s true point of view based on the specific tools employed and the way they are presented in a text. (LAFS.1112.RL.2.6)

Tutorial 2

In this tutorial you will examine excerpts from Henry David Thoreau's essay, Civil Disobedience. This essay serves as a lasting example of American writing in which the author uses strong rhetorical techniques to put forth powerful ideas; ideas that continue to shape America today. In this tutorial you will determine one of Thoreau’s purposes for writing, and examine specific portions of his essay to identify his use of specific rhetorical techniques. You will then explain how these techniques are used to persuade the audience. (LAFS.1112.RI.2.6, LAFS.1112.RI.4.10)

Tutorial 3

Just like the endless objects in nature and the countless ways they could be described, words have a similar complexity. Writers of considerable talent, however, have been showing us how to navigate this sea of language with their careful and precise selection of words. Their words are chosen and placed neatly within their works to impart a specific meaning. As we work together in this tutorial, through the work of poet William Blake, you will practice examining word choice, word relationships, nuances in the meaning of words, and the use of figurative language. (LAFS.1112.L.3.5)

Tutorial 4

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to draw appropriate evidence from a text to support a written response to an analysis prompt, as well as a reflection prompt. In this tutorial you will be working with excerpts from two of George Orwell’s works: 1984 and “Shooting an Elephant.” (LAFS.1112.W.3.9)

Tutorial 5

In this tutorial we will break down the work of one of America’s best wordsmiths, Ambrose Bierce, who was famous for his witty wordplay and use of satire, to practice a variety of skills using his essay “For Brevity and Clarity.” By the end of this tutorial you should be able to cite textual evidence to prove what an author has stated directly, cite textual evidence to support inferences drawn from a text, distinguish what is indirectly stated in a text through the author’s use of satire, and make inferences supported by textual evidence to determine ambiguities in a text. (LAFS.1112.RI.1.1, LAFS.1112.RI.4.10)

Tutorial 6

In this tutorial, you will learn several strategies for determining the meaning of unfamiliar words. Reading texts with a lot of unfamiliar words can feel a bit like journeying into the wild, and it might be tempting to turn back, or quit reading. But…there are certain strategies you can use to make sense of the words you encounter along the way. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to understand several common prefixes, and how they affect the meaning of words. You should be able to apply context clues to help you understand unfamiliar words. Finally, you should be able to select the appropriate dictionary definition for a word that has multiple definitions. (LAFS.1112.L.3.4)

Tutorial 7

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to analyze how the author’s choices regarding how the characters are introduced, where a story is set, and how the action is ordered can impact the meaning of a text. This tutorial utilizes excerpts from the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. (LAFS.1112.RL.1.3)

Tutorial 8

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to provide a complex analysis of two or more central ideas in a nonfiction text. Reading for this purpose will support your ability to evaluate and critically examine the central ideas an author wants to convey to the reader through the text. As part of this, you will be able to analyze how the author’s central ideas develop over the course of the text and describe how they interact and build on one another in support of the larger central ideas. This tutorial utilizes an excerpt from the closing arguments by Clarence Darrow at the trial of Leopold and Loeb. (LAFS.1112.RI.1.2)

Tutorial 9

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to define some of the conventions of Modern English and compare modern usage to earlier conventions. You should be able to identify some of the fundamental differences between written and spoken English. You should also be able to recognize differences between standard and disputed language use and classify the conventions of a language. Finally, you should be able to identify changes in Standard English conventions based on your understanding of modern conventions, as well as the conventions of earlier forms of English. (LAFS.1112.L.1.1)


Tutorial 10

By the end of this tutorial you should be able to identify what is stated directly and indirectly in a text. You should also be able to use strong and appropriate evidence from the text to support your analysis. Finally, you should be able to identify what the author leaves vague or unclear and then determine what additional information would be helpful to clarify the uncertainties in the text. In this tutorial you will apply these skills to a fictional short story titled “The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin. (LAFS.1112.RL.1.1)

Tutorial 11

By the end of this tutorial, you will understand how the choice of words and phrases in a poem impacts the overall meaning and tone. We will examine Sonnet 43, “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Then, you will engage in a critical analysis of the language, reflect on your own interpretations, and write about what you have learned. After this tutorial, you should be able to approach the next poem you encounter with the confidence and knowledge that you can unlock the mystery of powerful words in poetry! (LAFS.1112.RL.2.4)