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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.

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Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
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
Celebrate African-American Heritage & Culture
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Bartholomew and the Oobleck": Word Bank"
Action Poems and Songs
More Popular Kindergarten Literature Printables

First Grade Literature Printables

A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Rosa Parks Reading Warm-Up for Gr. 1 & 2: Historical Fiction
Post Card Template
Favorite Foods
Reading Warm-Up 134 for Gr. 1 & 2: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
More Popular 1st Grade Literature Printables

Second Grade Literature Printables

The Parts of a Letter
Story Setting
Charlotte's Web Quiz
March Wind Poetry Pack
Getting to Know Me
More Popular 2nd Grade Literature Printables

Third Grade Literature Printables

Shape Poems
Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Amelia to Zora Teacher Guide
James and the Giant Peach Teacher's Resource Pack
Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
More Popular 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Fourth Grade Literature Printables

The Dr. Seuss Connection
Who Am I? – Character Description
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
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
Chinese Calligraphy
My Side of the Mountain
Sarah, Plain and Tall — 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
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Have a Heart
More Popular 6th Grade Literature Printables

Seventh Grade Literature Printables

Short Story Rubric
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Independent Reading Guide: Short Story
More Popular 7th Grade Literature Printables

Eighth Grade Literature Printables

Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Life Is Sweet: The Life of Milton Hershey Comprehension Questions
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Where the Red Fern Grows — Comprehension Test B
Discussion Questions for Any Book
More Popular 8th Grade Literature Printables

Ninth Grade Literature Printables

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
Scoring Rubric: Summary
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Scoring Rubric: Comparison/Contrast
More Popular 9th Grade Literature Printables

Tenth Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Scoring Rubric: Drama
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature
Scoring Rubric: Resume and Cover Letter
More Popular 10th Grade Literature Printables

Eleventh Grade Literature Printables

Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act IV
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
William Shakespeare
Scoring Rubric: Business Letter/Memo
If I Stay and Where She Went Discussion Guide
More Popular 11th Grade Literature Printables

Twelfth Grade Literature Printables

The Miracle Worker -- The Challenge
Independent Reading Guide: Poetry
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
The Hobbit Teacher's Guide
Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act II
More Popular 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Ready to Rhyme with Hop on Pop
African-American Heroes
Journal Writing
Metaphor Unit Poems
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
Comic-Strip Challenge
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
The Life of Milton Hershey
An Autobiographical Poem
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
International Cover Art for Harry Potter Lesson
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans


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

Social Studies & Literature Connected

Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Newbery Award Winners
The Harlem Renaissance
Caldecott Medal Winners
Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction
Greek and Roman Gods
Questions and Answers with J.K. Rowling
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science & Literature Connected

Animal Farm Literature Guide
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
As Soon As It's Fall Poetry Pack
Cause and Effect Organizer
Sensory Poems
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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

Defining Jazz Music
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
Activities for African Folk Tales
A Flag About Me
African Folktale Characters
The Land and Other Books by Mildred D. Taylor
More Popular Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare Resources

Popular Drama Printables
The Tempest
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Taming of the Shrew
Romeo and Juliet
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
Research Paper: Write a First Draft
Popular Biography Printables for Grades 6-12
Reflective Journals
More Popular Nonfiction Literature Resources

Folk Tales & Related Resources

St. Patty's Day Quiz
St. Patty's Day Quiz: Answers
Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Fun with Fairy Tales: A Teacher's Guide
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Folktales of the Northwest
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
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
Slaughterhouse-Five Questions
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
"In Flanders Fields"
More War Stories & Related Resources

Science-Fiction & Related Resources

Mindscape Curriculum Guide
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Projects for Frankenstein
Frankenstein Word Search
My Teacher Is an Alien
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
Star Trek
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The 5th Wave Discussion Guide
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
A Teaching Guide to Terry Pratchett
Frankenstein Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test B
Hoaxes & Science Experiments
The Giver Discussion Guide
Frankenstein Reading Guide
Discussion Guide for Matched and Crossed
My Teacher Is an Alien Vocabulary List
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

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

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Roald Dahl Month: September
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Reading Warm-Up 134 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Reading Warm-Up 133 for Gr. 1 & 2: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Guide to the Mystery Genre
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Enrichment Activities
Reading Warm-Up 132 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
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
The Wright Brothers: Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
To Be a Slave
More Popular Historical Fiction Resources

Harry Potter Resources

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


Popular Poetry Printables
Sample Metaphor Poems
Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
The Odyssey
The Sad Shoes Poetry Pack: Main Idea and Supporting Details
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
Family Finger Plays
More Poetry Teacher Resources

Fables & Related Resources

Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Cherokee Fables
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Aesop's "Two Travelers and the Bear"
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Goldilocks and the Three Hares
Famous Storytellers
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
Book Hunt!
The Bare Bones: Parts of a Book
Tall Tales
More Library Skills Resources


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