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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.


2015 Back-to-School Literature Guides & Activities
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
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)

Maggi and Milo Coloring Pages
Maggi and Milo Common Core Educator's Guide
Educator's Guide to the Works of Deborah Freedman
Curious George's First Day of School Teacher's Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
More Kindergarten Literature Printables
More 1st Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (2-3)

Getting to Know Me
The Parts of a Letter
Make a Giving Tree
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Action Poems and Songs
More 2nd Grade Literature Printables
More 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
Blue Birds Common Core Educator's Guide
Three Times Lucky Common Core Educator's Guide
The Secret Hum of a Daisy Common Core Educator's Guide
Writing a Character Sketch
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
Reading Strategy Inventory
More 6th Grade Literature Printables
More 7th Grade Literature Printables
More 8th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (9-12)

The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Independent Reading Guide: Short Story
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Wreck This Journal Classroom Packet
Scoring Rubric: Summary
More 9th Grade Literature Printables
More 10th Grade Literature Printables
More 11th Grade Literature Printables
More 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

Journal Writing
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
An Autobiographical Poem
Getting to Know Each Other Through Poetry
Fall Similes
More Literature Lesson Plans (K-5)

Lesson Plans (6-12)

"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Metaphor Unit Poems
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
Tongue Twisters
An Immigrant's Story
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

Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed
Greek and Roman Gods
Newbery Award Winners
The Harlem Renaissance
Harriet Beecher Stowe Biography
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science Connections

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
More Literature & Science Resources

Art Connections

Family Finger Plays
The Dot Classroom Activities Guide
Chinese Calligraphy
Curious George Mask
Cherokee Fables
More Literature & Art Resources

Music Connections

"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Present a Skit
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
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
A Flag About Me
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Keeping Quilt
More Multicultural Literature Resources


The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
An Introduction to Shakespeare's Language
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
The Taming of the Shrew
Romeo and Juliet
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers


Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Reflective Journals
Double-Entry Journals
More Nonfiction

Folk Tales

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Reading Warm-Up 93 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 92 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 91 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fairy Tales and Folklore
More Popular Folk Tales

War Stories

Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Hiroshima: Discussion Questions & Project Ideas
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
More War Stories


Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
The 5th Wave Discussion Guide
My Teacher Is an Alien
More Science Fiction

Fantasy Fiction

Harry Potter Resources and Activities
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Animal Farm — Comprehension Test A
Frindle Teacher's Guide
More Fantasy Fiction

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

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

Historical Fiction

The Crucible
Once Discussion Guide
Number the Stars
Historical Fiction Printable Book (4-8)
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: President Taft's Bathtub
More Historical Fiction

Harry Potter

Script Writing Handout
Harry Potter Timeline Activity
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Covers
Harry Potter Haiku Handout
Hogwarts Quiz (Advanced)
More Harry Potter Resources


Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
The Odyssey
Poetry Jam! Sub Kit (Grades 7-8)
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
More Poetry


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

Literature-Themed Graphic Organizers

Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
Story Map Graphic Organizer
Five Elements of a Plot
Beginning, Middle, and End
Introducing Character Traits
Four Column Chart
More Literature Graphic Organizers

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