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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.


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)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
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
Patricia Polacco Read-Aloud Curriculum Lesson Plans
Family Finger Plays
Action Poems and Songs
More Popular Kindergarten Literature Printables

First Grade Literature Printables

A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Favorite Foods
The Firefighter Reading Warm-Up for Grades 1 & 2
Post Card Template
Reading Comprehension Stories, Volume II: Printable Book (Gr. 1)
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
Folk Tale Problem-Solving
More Popular 2nd Grade Literature Printables

Third Grade Literature Printables

Shape Poems
Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Ellis Island
Sensory Poems
Make a Giving Tree
More Popular 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Fourth Grade Literature Printables

Who Am I? – Character Description
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
The Dr. Seuss Connection
Letter Writing
The Main Event: Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details in Nonfiction
More Popular 4th Grade Literature Printables

Fifth Grade Literature Printables

Types of Poetry
Writing a Character Sketch
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Comprehension Test B
Poems, Poems, and More Poems
More Popular 5th Grade Literature Printables

Sixth Grade Literature Printables

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

Seventh Grade Literature Printables

Short Story Rubric
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
More Popular 7th Grade Literature Printables

Eighth Grade Literature Printables

Life Studies
Sarah, Plain and Tall — Comprehension Test A
Scoring Rubric: Summary
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Animal Farm — Comprehension Test A
More Popular 8th Grade Literature Printables

Ninth Grade Literature Printables

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
Independent Reading Guide: Short Story
Discussion Questions for Any Book
Independent Reading Guide: Poetry
Scoring Rubric: Comparison/Contrast
More Popular 9th Grade Literature Printables

Tenth Grade Literature Printables

Storm Curriculum Guide
Scoring Rubric: Drama
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Irish Literature & Folklore Quiz
Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act IV
More Popular 10th Grade Literature Printables

Eleventh Grade Literature Printables

No Summit Out of Sight Curriculum Guide
Once Discussion Guide
Scoring Rubric: Business Letter/Memo
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
More Popular 11th Grade Literature Printables

Twelfth Grade Literature Printables

Fool's Gold (Order of Darkness Book 3) Curriculum Guide
Romeo and Juliet Focusing Activities - Prologue and Act I
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Scoring Rubric: Resume and Cover Letter
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
More Popular 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Metaphor Unit Poems
Journal Writing
An Autobiographical Poem
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Inaugural Poetry
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

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


Character Traits
Poetry Terms Glossary
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
Literary Glossary
Contemporary Irish Writers Live Up to Legend
Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed
More Popular Literature References

Social Studies & Literature Connected

Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Harriet Beecher Stowe Biography
Caldecott Medal Winners
Greek and Roman Gods
The Harlem Renaissance
Agatha Christie
Samuel Pepys - Biography & Activities
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science & Literature Connected

Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
Have a Heart
Cause and Effect Organizer
Diary of a Worm Classroom Activities
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
More Popular Literature & Earth Science Resources

Art & Literature Connected

Harry Potter Book Covers: Dutch, French, German and Italian
Harry Potter Book Covers From Around the World
Harry Potter Book Covers: British and Danish
Timeline of Publishing

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
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
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
A Flag About Me
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
Activities for African Folk Tales
More Popular Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare Resources

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

Nonfiction Literature Resources

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

Folk Tales & Related Resources

St. Patty's Day Quiz
St. Patty's Day Quiz: Answers
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Teacher's Guide to the Works of Patricia Polacco
Reading Warm-Up 81 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
More Popular Folk Tales & Related Resources

War Stories & Related Resources

My Brother Sam Is Dead
Hiroshima: Discussion Questions & Project Ideas
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
"In Flanders Fields"
Slaughterhouse-Five Questions
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
More War Stories & Related Resources

Science-Fiction & Related Resources

Keeper of the Lost Cities Curriculum Guide
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein Word Search
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Mindscape Curriculum Guide
My Teacher Is an Alien
Hoaxes & Science Experiments
Go Big or Go Home Reading Guide
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
Projects for Frankenstein
A Teaching Guide to Terry Pratchett
The Giver Discussion Guide
Frankenstein Reading Guide
My Teacher Is an Alien Vocabulary List
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Reader's Stew
Jules Verne and Science Fiction
Star Trek

Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

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

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Space Case Curriculum Guide
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times Curriculum Guide
Miss Nelson is Missing
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Enrichment Activities
Roald Dahl Month: September
Reading Warm-Up 143 for Gr. 5 & 6: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction Resources

The Crucible
Number the Stars
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Katerina's Wish Curriculum Guide
To Be a Slave
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
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Covers
More Harry Potter Teacher Resources


Popular Poetry Printables
Sample Metaphor Poems
The Sad Shoes Poetry Pack: Main Idea and Supporting Details
The Odyssey
Chinese Calligraphy
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
More Poetry Teacher Resources

Fables & Related Resources

Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Aesop's "Two Travelers and the Bear"
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Cherokee Fables
The Arrival of the Pied Piper
Famous Storytellers
More Fables & Related Resources

Graphic Organizers

Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Beginning, Middle, and End
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
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
Research Paper: Look for Sources
Book Hunt!
The Bare Bones: Parts of a Book
More Library Skills Resources


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


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!

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: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), 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.

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