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Literature

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.

Galleries

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 9-12)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
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)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
2015 Summer Reading Brochure
Using Folklore and Fairytales in the Classroom
Common Core Guide to Ordinary People Change the World Series
Using Poetry in the Classroom: Lesson Starters for Poetry Collections
More Kindergarten Literature Printables
More 1st Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (2-3)

The Parts of a Letter
Getting to Know Me
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Writing Activity: Describe the Rain Scene
Engaging STEM Titles for K-8 Reading
More 2nd Grade Literature Printables
More 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
Cyber Bullying: A Guide for Teachers
Celebrating Diversity Through Young People's Literature
Writing a Character Sketch
Addressing Text Complexity: Guide to Using Fiction Books in the Common Core Curriculum
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
Have a Heart
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
More 6th Grade Literature Printables
More 7th Grade Literature Printables
More 8th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (9-12)

The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Once Discussion Guide
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Discussion Guide
More 9th Grade Literature Printables
More 10th Grade Literature Printables
More 11th Grade Literature Printables
More 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Journal Writing
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
Write a Harry Potter Script
An Autobiographical Poem
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"
An Immigrant's Story
Metaphor Unit Poems
Tongue Twisters
More Literature Lesson Plans (6-12)

References

Character Traits
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Poetry Terms Glossary
Nobel Prize for Literature Winners
A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System
More Literature References

Social Studies Connections

Pulitzer Prize in Drama Winners
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
Bollingen Prize in Poetry
Famous Words About Books
Famous Storytellers
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science Connections

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
Post Card Template
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
More Literature & Science Resources

Art Connections

Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Make a Giving Tree
Design Your Dream Ice Cream Cone
Storytelling Through Art
Family Finger Plays
More Literature & Art Resources

Music Connections

Patriotic Poems and Songs
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
Present a Skit
Readers Theatre
More Literature & Music Resources

Primary Literature Guides

Rapunzel Literature Guide
The World of Rosemary Wells
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Stellaluna
More Teacher Guides to Primary Literature

Intermediate Literature Guides

Charlotte's Web
The Boy Who Saved Baseball
James and the Giant Peach
Grossology
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

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

Shakespeare

Macbeth
The Tempest
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
Othello
King Lear
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers

Nonfiction

Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Reflective Journals
Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
Research Paper: Write a First Draft
More Nonfiction

Folk Tales

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Imani's Moon Teacher's Guide
Imani's Moon Readers Theater
Favorite Fairy Tale Book
Reading Warm-Up 82 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
More Popular Folk Tales

War Stories

Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
"In Flanders Fields"
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
Milkweed
More War Stories

Science-Fiction

1984
Frankenstein Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein Word Search
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
More Science Fiction

Fantasy Fiction

Harry Potter Resources and Activities
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
Matilda Common Core Lesson Plans
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Harry Potter Timeline Activity
More Fantasy Fiction

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
Roald Dahl Month: September
Miss Nelson is Missing
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Enrichment Activities
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction

The Crucible
Number the Stars
Readers Theater Script: Little House on the Prairie
Historical Fiction Printable Book (4-8)
The Lions of Little Rock Common Core Lesson Plans
More Historical Fiction

Harry Potter

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

Poetry

Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Shape Poems
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
More Poetry

Fables

Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
The Arrival of the Pied Piper
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Cherokee Fables
More Fables

Literature-Themed Graphic Organizers

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

Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World War I Began (7/28/1914) and Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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