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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)
Top 10 Christmas Stories & Poems for Kids
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)

The Polar Express Teacher's Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities Booklet
Winter Holiday Bookmarks
Snowflakes Poem
Teacher's Guide to Jan Brett's Gingerbread Friends
More Kindergarten Literature Printables
More 1st Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (2-3)

A Good Play Poetry Pack
The Parts of a Letter
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Tests & Project Ideas
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
I Dreamed I Was a Snowman Poetry Pack
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
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: 1890s Christmas
More 4th Grade Literature Printables
More 5th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (6-8)

Chasing the Jaguar Supplementary Materials
"The Monkey's Paw" Short Story & Activities
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
More 6th Grade Literature Printables
More 7th Grade Literature Printables
More 8th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (9-12)

"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Scoring Rubric: Summary
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
More 9th Grade Literature Printables
More 10th Grade Literature Printables
More 11th Grade Literature Printables
More 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

Holiday Poems
Journal Writing
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
The Gingerbread Man
More Literature Lesson Plans (K-5)

Lesson Plans (6-12)

Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
An Autobiographical Poem
Metaphor Unit Poems
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
More Literature Lesson Plans (6-12)

References

Character Traits
Poetry Terms Glossary
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Literary Glossary
From the Great Wall to a Great Inclusive Classroom
More Literature References

Social Studies Connections

Women Nobel & Pulitzer Prize Winners
Famous Words About Books
Famous Storytellers
Frequently Banned Children's Books
Child Authors
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science Connections

Jan Brett's Winter Books
Animal Farm Literature Guide
Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
More Literature & Science Resources

Art Connections

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

Music Connections

"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
Defining Jazz Music
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Present a Skit
Creating Opera
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
Activities for African Folk Tales
The Keeping Quilt
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
More Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare

King Lear
Much Ado About Nothing
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers

Nonfiction

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

Folk Tales

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Hero Stories of the Great Plains
Folktales of the Northwest
Reading Warm-Up 95 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
More Popular Folk Tales

War Stories

My Brother Sam Is Dead
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Slaughterhouse-Five Questions
Milkweed
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
More War Stories

Science-Fiction

1984
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
The 5th Wave Discussion Guide
War of the Worlds
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
More Science Fiction

Fantasy Fiction

Harry Potter Resources and Activities
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
The Indian in the Cupboard — Comprehension Test A
James and the Giant Peach — 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
Reading Warm-Up 139 for Gr. 5 & 6: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction

The Crucible
Number the Stars
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
Native American History Books by Judith St. George
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: The Christmas Gift
More Historical Fiction

Harry Potter

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

Poetry

"Twas the Night Before Christmas": Full Text
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
Sample Metaphor Poems
Favorite Foods
More Poetry

Fables

Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
Goldilocks and the Three Hares
More Fables

Literature-Themed Graphic Organizers

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

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