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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)
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)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
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 Little Engine That Could: Activity Booklet
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
Are You an Ant? Teacher's Guide
Little Engine Labels
More Popular Kindergarten Literature Printables

First Grade Literature Printables

Sidney Won't Swim Party Kit
Read-Aloud Educator Guide
Curious George "Ten Little Monkeys" Song
Sharing the Asian American Heritage Experience
Words with oi and oy
More Popular 1st Grade Literature Printables

Second Grade Literature Printables

Getting to Know Me
The Parts of a Letter
Writing Activity: Describe the Rain Scene
Charlotte's Web Quiz
The Sad Shoes Poetry Pack: Main Idea and Supporting Details
More Popular 2nd Grade Literature Printables

Third Grade Literature Printables

Shape Poems
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
James and the Giant Peach Teacher's Resource Pack
Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
Cherokee Fables
More Popular 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Fourth Grade Literature Printables

The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail Reading Guide
Who Am I? – Character Description
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
Letter Writing
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
More Popular 4th Grade Literature Printables

Fifth Grade Literature Printables

Name the Character -- Holocaust Stories
Reading Warm-Up 152 for Gr. 5 & 6: Fantasy
Types of Poetry
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Herding Cattle
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
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
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Story Writing, Volume I: Printable Book (4-6)
More Popular 6th Grade Literature Printables

Seventh Grade Literature Printables

Persuasive Essay Rubric I
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
The Indian in the Cupboard — Comprehension Test A
My Side of the Mountain
Writing a Character Sketch
More Popular 7th Grade Literature Printables

Eighth Grade Literature Printables

Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
Romeo and Juliet – Language Exploration: Metaphor Act III
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Where the Red Fern Grows — Comprehension Test B
More Popular 8th Grade Literature Printables

Ninth Grade Literature Printables

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
Discussion Questions for Any Book
Short Story Rubric
Summer Reading Suggestions & Tips
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
More Popular 9th Grade Literature Printables

Tenth Grade Literature Printables

Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Scoring Rubric: Summary
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act III
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act IV
More Popular 10th Grade Literature Printables

Eleventh Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Drama
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
Once Discussion Guide
Romeo and Juliet Curriculum Guide
More Popular 11th Grade Literature Printables

Twelfth Grade Literature Printables

Spoonerisms Activity
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
An Introduction to Shakespeare's Language
More Popular 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Journal Writing
An Autobiographical Poem
Metaphor Unit Poems
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
Harry Potter Character Posters
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
The History & Poetry of "In Flanders Fields"
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
Write a Harry Potter Script
Fall Haiku
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans


Poetry Terms Glossary
Character Traits
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Literary Glossary
Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed
A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System
Agatha Christie
More Popular Literature References

Social Studies & Literature Connected

Child Authors
The Harlem Renaissance
1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
Famous Words About Books
Famous Storytellers
Caldecott Medal Winners
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science & Literature Connected

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Have a Heart
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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

Defining Jazz Music
Can You Hear a Story?
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
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
No English Teacher's Guide
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Lon Po Po Enrichment Activities
The Keeping Quilt
Activities for African Folk Tales
A Flag About Me
More Popular Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare Resources

Popular Drama Printables
The Taming of the Shrew
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act II
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
Popular Biography Printables for Grades 6-12
Reflective Journals
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
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Word Puzzle
Favorite Fairy Tale Book
Tolkien's Middle-earth Unit 1: Introducing Tolkien and His Worlds
More Popular Folk Tales & Related Resources

War Stories & Related Resources

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

Science-Fiction & Related Resources

Frankenstein Word Search
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test B
My Teacher Is an Alien Vocabulary List
Projects for Frankenstein
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Frankenstein Reading Guide
War of the Worlds
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test C
The 5th Wave Discussion Guide
The Diary of Pelly D & Cherry Heaven Reading Guide
Frankenstein Teacher's Guide
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Jules Verne and Science Fiction
Star Trek
My Teacher Is an Alien
Reader's Stew

Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

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

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Roald Dahl Month: September
Miss Nelson is Missing
The Composer Is Dead Teacher's Guide
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery — Comprehension Test A
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — Comprehension Test B
Reading Warm-Up 137 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction Resources

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

Harry Potter Resources

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


Popular Poetry Printables
Sample Metaphor Poems
Chinese Calligraphy
Favorite Foods
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
The Odyssey
Acrostic Poem: Earth Day
More Poetry Teacher Resources

Fables & Related Resources

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"
Goldilocks and the Three Hares
The Origin of Pinocchio
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
Research Activities Printable Book (Grades K-4)
Fiction or Nonfiction?
Concepts of a Story -- Plot I
The Bare Bones: Parts of a Book
Whooooo and What?
Library Search
More Library Skills Resources


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


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

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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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