The website has quite an extensive range of poets and authors. I like that it includes a biography of each Poet/Author as I believe the understanding of these people is vital to an understanding of their works. I give it a 4 out of 5.
2. The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature SORRY SITI i didn't see your link and didn't know it was a repeat. so here goes a different website. I like that this website categorizes the poetry into genres and analyzes as well as explains these genres. However, I might not recommend this for lower Secondary level as it might be too advanced. It focuses on the explanations of the poets'/authors' main styles and themes. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.
I AM SURPRISED no one listed this yet. Okay maybe you guys will think I'm trashy after this. To be honest, I think Sparknotes was quite a lifesaver for me. But. I do not think all of the material posted is very reliable so I wouldn't recommend relying entirely on this website. Also, I wouldn't encourage my students to be reliant on it as they may end up copying and all. I give it a 3 out of 5 for saving my life a couple of times despite its lack of credibility and consistency.
Part 2. Interests
2. Art and Craft (but i mostly just doodle)
4. Lame jokes
Part 3. Applications of Interests to Literature
(I want to box myself for not doing this earlier cos everyone has come up with everything)
1. Music - Get them interested in rhyme and rhythm from music, also what the songs they're actually singing really mean! For example, I was oblivious to the meaning of lyrics from Tik Tok by Ke$ha until someone explained to me the context of some dubious sayings.
2. Art and Craft- Maybe encapsulate or present the poem in the form of a drawing/craft work. Visualizing the poem and actually trying to present it in another form of arm.. perhaps i can then introduce them to ekphrasis & reverse ekphrasis without them knowing it!
3. Movies- standard practice of using screen adaptations of texts in order to elevate interest in the text as well as show them the differences in the mode of communicating the text.
4. Lame jokes- this sounds absurd but I feel that one device which is common is the use of word play (puns especially). So I intend to teach them the use of puns through lame jokes first, then in texts.
5. Sports- i have no clue how to relate this to Literature! I could probably crap something up like how the different players in a team function differently in order for the game play to work and how poems use different devices etc... but that just sounds like BS even in my head.