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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)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
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)

Indian Sign Language Chart
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Day Parade Educator's Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Family Finger Plays
More Kindergarten Literature Printables
More 1st Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (2-3)

"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Daily Journal Topics: Thanksgiving
The Parts of a Letter
A Thanksgiving Poem
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Tests & Project Ideas
More 2nd Grade Literature Printables
More 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
Letter Writing
Writing a Character Sketch
Getting to Know Me
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
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Scoring Rubric: Summary
More 6th Grade Literature Printables
More 7th Grade Literature Printables
More 8th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (9-12)

Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Short Story Rubric
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
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
Fall Similes
Metaphor Unit Poems
Holiday Poems
More Literature Lesson Plans (K-5)

Lesson Plans (6-12)

"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
International Cover Art for Harry Potter Lesson
An Immigrant's Story
An Autobiographical Poem
More Literature Lesson Plans (6-12)


Character Traits
Poetry Terms Glossary
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Literary Glossary
1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
More Literature References

Social Studies Connections

From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
Wilfred Owen Biography
Contemporary Irish Writers Live Up to Legend
Famous Words About Books
Famous Storytellers
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science Connections

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Have a Heart
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
More Literature & Science Resources

Art Connections

Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Make a Giving Tree
Chris Van Allsburg, Author & Illustrator: Guides to His Books
Chinese Calligraphy
Cherokee Fables
More Literature & Art Resources

Music Connections

Present a Skit
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Create a Movie Storyboard
Readers Theatre
Conventions of Shakespeare's Staging
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

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
African Folk Tales: Background Information
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
The Keeping Quilt
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
More Multicultural Literature Resources


The Tempest
The Taming of the Shrew
King Lear
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers


Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Popular Biography Printables for Grades K-5
Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
More Nonfiction

Folk Tales

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Tall Tales
Favorite Fairy Tale Book
More Popular Folk Tales

War Stories

"In Flanders Fields"
Purple Heart Reading Guide
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
More War Stories


Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
Matched Educator's Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
More Science Fiction

Fantasy Fiction

Harry Potter Resources and Activities
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
The Indian in the Cupboard — Comprehension Test A
More Fantasy Fiction

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery — Comprehension Test A
Miss Nelson is Missing
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction

The Crucible
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Number the Stars
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
Once Discussion Guide
More Historical Fiction

Harry Potter

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


"Twas the Night Before Christmas": Full Text
Sample Metaphor Poems
Top 10 Christmas Stories & Poems for Kids
Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Shape Poems
More Poetry


Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
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
Beginning, Middle, and End
Story Map Graphic Organizer
Three Paragraph Main Idea and Details Chart
Cause and Effect
More Literature Graphic Organizers

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