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Help young readers appreciate literature! Reading all genres of books helps students expand their vocabulary as well as their knowledge of history and world cultures!

With these teacher's guides, printables, activities, galleries, and lessons. You'll find resources on all types of literature, such as fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, and many genres of each, including multicultural, fables, myths, science-fiction, historical fiction, and sonnets.


Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
More Literature Galleries

Digital Books

Gallery of DK Digital Books for Life Science
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Social Studies

Printable Activities (K-1)

Design Your Dream Ice Cream Cone
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
Family Finger Plays
More Kindergarten Literature Printables
More 1st Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (2-3)

The Parts of a Letter
Getting to Know Me
Create an Almanac
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Shape Poems
More 2nd Grade Literature Printables
More 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Writing a Character Sketch
James and the Giant Peach Teacher's Resource Pack
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
More 4th Grade Literature Printables
More 5th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (6-8)

"The Monkey's Paw" Short Story & Activities
Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Have a Heart
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
More 6th Grade Literature Printables
More 7th Grade Literature Printables
More 8th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (9-12)

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Discussion Guide
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
Race: A History Beyond Black and White Teaching Guide
Discussion Questions for Any Book
More 9th Grade Literature Printables
More 10th Grade Literature Printables
More 11th Grade Literature Printables
More 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Journal Writing
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
International Cover Art for Harry Potter Lesson
Write a Harry Potter Script
More Literature Lesson Plans (K-5)

Lesson Plans (6-12)

An Immigrant's Story
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Metaphor Unit Poems
More Literature Lesson Plans (6-12)


Character Traits
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Poetry Terms Glossary
Literary Glossary
A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System
More Literature References

Social Studies Connections

1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
An Interview with Brian Jacques
Geoffrey Chaucer Biography
Where Students Can Publish
Nobel Prize for Literature Winners
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science Connections

Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Animal Farm Literature Guide
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Action Poems and Songs
More Literature & Science Resources

Art Connections

T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Make a Giving Tree
The BFG's D.I.Y. Dream Catcher
Ralph Masiello's Dinosaur Drawing Book Coloring Page
The Henry Books: A Teacher's Guide
More Literature & Art Resources

Music Connections

Patriotic Poems and Songs
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare's Globe Theater
Spanish and Latino Influence on Music and Dance
More Literature & Music Resources

Primary Literature Guides

Rapunzel Literature Guide
The World of Rosemary Wells
Jean Fritz's American History Books
More Teacher Guides to Primary Literature

Intermediate Literature Guides

Charlotte's Web
The Boy Who Saved Baseball
James and the Giant Peach
More Teacher Guides to Intermediate & Middle Literature

Secondary Literature Guides

The Crucible
The Scarlet Letter
The Pearl
Running Loose
More Teacher Guides to Secondary Literature

Multicultural Literature

African Folk Tales: Background Information
A Flag About Me
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
The Keeping Quilt
The Women of Brewster Place and The Men of Brewster Place
More Multicultural Literature Resources


Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
The Tempest
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers


Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Reflective Journals
Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
Research Paper: Write a First Draft
More Nonfiction

Folk Tales

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
American Tall Tales
The Race of Toad and Deer
More Popular Folk Tales

War Stories

Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
"In Flanders Fields"
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
More War Stories


A Wrinkle in Time Common Core Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein Word Search
Jules Verne
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
More Science Fiction

Fantasy Fiction

Harry Potter Resources and Activities
All Day Nightmare (Goosebumps, 42)
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
Matilda Common Core Lesson Plans
More Fantasy Fiction

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
Roald Dahl Month: September
Miss Nelson is Missing
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction

The Crucible
Number the Stars
Once Discussion Guide
Historical Fiction Printable Book (4-8)
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
More Historical Fiction

Harry Potter

Hogwarts Quiz (Advanced)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Covers
Script Writing Handout
Harry Potter Timeline Activity
Harry Potter Haiku Handout
More Harry Potter Resources


Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Favorite Foods
More Poetry


Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Cherokee Fables
Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Aesop's "Two Travelers and the Bear"
More Fables

Literature-Themed Graphic Organizers

Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Story Map Graphic Organizer
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
Beginning, Middle, and End
Five Elements of a Plot
Three Paragraph Main Idea and Details Chart
Cause and Effect
More Literature Graphic Organizers


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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