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Literature – Teacher Resources

Help young readers appreciate literature with these teacher's guides, printables, activities, slideshows, 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.

Celebrate books, illustrations, and reading! Children's Book Week, the longest-running literacy initiative in the country, is dedicated to celebrating our favorite authors and illustrators. Their posters, apparel, and other novelties make perfect gifts this holiday season, and the purchases benefit the literacy organization, Every Child A Reader! Plus, use our teaching resources to bring these books into your lessons.

Slideshows

Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
More Literature Slideshows

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

Kindergarten Literature Printables

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Read-Aloud Educator Guide
Creating Your Own Career Poem
Shakespeare's Globe Theater
More Popular Kindergarten Literature Printables

First Grade Literature Printables

Reading Warm-Up 83 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Post Card Template
Favorite Foods
Words with oi and oy
More Popular 1st Grade Literature Printables

Second Grade Literature Printables

The Parts of a Letter
Story Setting
Charlotte's Web Quiz
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
More Popular 2nd Grade Literature Printables

Third Grade Literature Printables

Shape Poems
A Series of Unfortunate Events Classroom Activity Kit
James and the Giant Peach Teacher's Resource Pack
Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
More Popular 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Fourth Grade Literature Printables

Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
Who Am I? – Character Description
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
Letter Writing
Sarah, Plain and Tall — Comprehension Test A
More Popular 4th Grade Literature Printables

Fifth Grade Literature Printables

Reading Warm-Up 157 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fantasy
World War II: Letter to the President
Reading Warm-Up 152 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fantasy
Types of Poetry
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Face to Face with a Wolf
More Popular 5th Grade Literature Printables

Sixth Grade Literature Printables

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

Seventh Grade Literature Printables

Educator's Guide for Playground
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
My Side of the Mountain
Writing a Character Sketch
Chinese Calligraphy
More Popular 7th Grade Literature Printables

Eighth Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
Independent Reading Guide: Short Story
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
Poems, Poems, and More Poems
More Popular 8th Grade Literature Printables

Ninth Grade Literature Printables

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Romeo and Juliet Focusing Activities - Prologue and Act I
Discussion Questions for Any Book
More Popular 9th Grade Literature Printables

Tenth Grade Literature Printables

Short Story Rubric
Scoring Rubric: Summary
Independent Reading Guide: Poetry
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Scoring Rubric: Drama
More Popular 10th Grade Literature Printables

Eleventh Grade Literature Printables

Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act II
Shooter Reading Guide
Scoring Rubric: Resume and Cover Letter
Hiroshima: Discussion Questions & Project Ideas
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature
More Popular 11th Grade Literature Printables

Twelfth Grade Literature Printables

William Shakespeare
Once Discussion Guide
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Scoring Rubric: Comparison/Contrast
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
More Popular 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

Recycled Poetry
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Metaphor Unit Poems
Journal Writing
An Autobiographical Poem
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
Fall Haiku
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

Defining Jazz Music
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
The History & Poetry of "In Flanders Fields"
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
International Cover Art for Harry Potter Lesson
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans

References

Poetry Terms Glossary
Character Traits
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Literary Glossary
A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System
1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed
More Popular Literature References

Social Studies & Literature Connected

Famous Storytellers
Questions and Answers with J.K. Rowling
William Butler Yeats
Timeline of Publishing
Famous Words About Books
Frequently Banned Children's Books
Child Authors
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science & Literature Connected

Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Sensory Poems
Cause and Effect Organizer
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Diary of a Worm Classroom Activities
More Popular Literature & Earth Science Resources

Art & Literature Connected

Harry Potter Book Covers From Around the World
Caldecott Medal Winners
Harry Potter Book Covers: Dutch, French, German and Italian
Harry Potter Book Covers: British and Danish

Music & Literature Connected

Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
Can You Hear a Story?
Creating Opera

Primary Literature Guides

Rapunzel Literature Guide
The World of Rosemary Wells
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Stellaluna
Teacher's Guide to the Works of Patricia Polacco
The Wall: Literature Guide for Teachers
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms
Curious George Books & Activities
More Teacher Guides to Primary Literature

Intermediate Literature Guides

Charlotte's Web
The Boy Who Saved Baseball
James and the Giant Peach
Grossology
Dreamland
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Number the Stars
More Teacher Guides to Intermediate & Middle Literature

Secondary Literature Guides

The Crucible
The Scarlet Letter
The Pearl
Of Mice and Men
Running Loose
Death of a Salesman
Nectar in a Sieve
More Teacher Guides to Secondary Literature

Multicultural Literature

African Folk Tales: Background Information
The Keeping Quilt
Lon Po Po Enrichment Activities
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
A Flag About Me
Activities for African Folk Tales
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
More Popular Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare Resources

Popular Drama Printables
The Taming of the Shrew
Teacher's Guide to Studying Shakespeare
The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet – Act I
A Midsummer Night's Dream
King Lear
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers

Nonfiction Literature Resources

Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Popular Biography Printables for Grades K-5
Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
The Miracle Worker: Ideas and Activities
Popular Biography Printables for Grades 6-12
Research Paper: Write a First Draft
More Popular Nonfiction Literature Resources

Folk Tales & Related Resources

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Tall Tales
Folktales of the Northwest
Reading Warm-Up 83 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 86 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fairy Tales and Folklore
More Popular Folk Tales & Related Resources

War Stories & Related Resources

"In Flanders Fields"
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
Milkweed
Dealing with War in the Classroom
Slaughterhouse-Five Questions
More War Stories & Related Resources

Science-Fiction & Related Resources

1984
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein Word Search
My Teacher Is an Alien
Frankenstein Reading Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test C
Projects for Frankenstein
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Frankenstein Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test B
War of the Worlds
Keeper of the Lost Cities Curriculum Guide
The 5th Wave Discussion Guide
My Teacher Is an Alien Vocabulary List
Reader's Stew
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Lowthar's Blade Teacher's Guide
A Reader's Guide for A Certain Slant of Light

Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Harry Potter Resources and Activities
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Frindle Teacher's Guide
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Matilda Common Core Lesson Plans
The Indian in the Cupboard — Comprehension Test A
More Popular Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Ice Dogs Common Core Discussion Questions & Activities
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Roald Dahl Month: September
Miss Nelson is Missing
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Enrichment Activities
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery — Comprehension Test A
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction Resources

The Crucible
Number the Stars
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
The Wright Brothers Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: The Depression
An Immigrant's Story
Readers Theater Script: Little House on the Prairie
More Popular Historical Fiction Resources

Harry Potter Resources

Script Writing Handout
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Covers
Hogwarts Quiz (Advanced)
Harry Potter Timeline Activity
Harry Potter Haiku Handout
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Covers
J.K. Rowling Timeline Activity
More Harry Potter Teacher Resources

Poetry

Popular Poetry Printables
Sample Metaphor Poems
The Sad Shoes Poetry Pack: Main Idea and Supporting Details
The Odyssey
Science and Writing: Food Poetry
Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Family Finger Plays
More Poetry Teacher Resources

Fables & Related Resources

Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Cherokee Fables
Aesop's "Two Travelers and the Bear"
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
Goldilocks and the Three Hares
More Fables & Related Resources

Graphic Organizers

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

Library Skills

Read the Table of Contents
Fiction or Nonfiction?
Concepts of a Story -- Plot I
Biographies
Research Paper: Look for Sources
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Animal Disguises Teacher's Guide
The Bare Bones: Parts of a Book
More Library Skills Resources

Quizzes

Short Stories Quiz
Famous Authors Quiz
Poets and Poems Quiz
The Hobbit Quiz
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Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Tell a Story Day (4/27) and International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

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, 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.

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.