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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)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery
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
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Poster & Activities
Patricia Polacco Read-Aloud Curriculum Lesson Plans
Family Finger Plays
Action Poems and Songs
More Popular Kindergarten Literature Printables

First Grade Literature Printables

A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Post Card Template
Favorite Foods
Reading Comprehension Stories, Volume II: Printable Book (Gr. 1)
The Firefighter Reading Warm-Up for Grades 1 & 2
More Popular 1st Grade Literature Printables

Second Grade Literature Printables

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

Third Grade Literature Printables

Shape Poems
Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Sensory Poems
Ellis Island
Make a Giving Tree
More Popular 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Fourth Grade Literature Printables

Who Am I? – Character Description
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
The Dr. Seuss Connection
Letter Writing
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
More Popular 4th Grade Literature Printables

Fifth Grade Literature Printables

Types of Poetry
Writing a Character Sketch
The Main Event: Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details in Nonfiction
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Comprehension Test B
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
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
More Popular 6th Grade Literature Printables

Seventh Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
Short Story Rubric
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
More Popular 7th Grade Literature Printables

Eighth Grade Literature Printables

Animal Farm — Comprehension Test A
Sarah, Plain and Tall — Comprehension Test A
Scoring Rubric: Summary
The Indian in the Cupboard — Comprehension Test A
Discussion Questions for Any Book
More Popular 8th Grade Literature Printables

Ninth Grade Literature Printables

The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
Storm Curriculum Guide
Independent Reading Guide: Short Story
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
No Summit Out of Sight Curriculum Guide
More Popular 9th Grade Literature Printables

Tenth Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Independent Reading Guide: Poetry
Scoring Rubric: Comparison/Contrast
Irish Literature & Folklore Quiz
Scoring Rubric: Drama
More Popular 10th Grade Literature Printables

Eleventh Grade Literature Printables

Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act IV
Fool's Gold (Order of Darkness Book 3) Curriculum Guide
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature
Romeo and Juliet Focusing Activities - Prologue and Act I
Once Discussion Guide
More Popular 11th Grade Literature Printables

Twelfth Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Business Letter/Memo
Scoring Rubric: Resume and Cover Letter
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
Call Me By My Name Curriculum Guide
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
More Popular 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Metaphor Unit Poems
Journal Writing
An Autobiographical Poem
Inaugural Poetry
Stone Fox: A Collection of Lessons
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
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
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring
International Cover Art for Harry Potter Lesson
Write a Harry Potter Script
The History & Poetry of "In Flanders Fields"
Harry Potter Character Posters
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans


Character Traits
Poetry Terms Glossary
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
Contemporary Irish Writers Live Up to Legend
Literary Glossary
Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed
More Popular Literature References

Social Studies & Literature Connected

Harriet Beecher Stowe Biography
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
The Harlem Renaissance
Caldecott Medal Winners
Where Students Can Publish
Greek and Roman Gods
Samuel Pepys - Biography & Activities
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science & Literature Connected

Animal Farm Literature Guide
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Cause and Effect Organizer
Have a Heart
Diary of a Worm Classroom Activities
Charlotte's Web Persuasive Letter
More Popular Literature & Earth Science Resources

Art & Literature Connected

Harry Potter Book Covers: Dutch, French, German and Italian
Harry Potter Book Covers: British and Danish
Harry Potter Book Covers From Around the World
Timeline of Publishing

Music & Literature Connected

Defining Jazz Music
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
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
A Flag About Me
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Activities for African Folk Tales
Creative Connections for Lon Po Po
More Popular Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare Resources

Popular Drama Printables
The Tempest
The Taming of the Shrew
Romeo and Juliet
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act II
A Midsummer Night's Dream
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers

Nonfiction Literature Resources

Sample Essay Outlines
Research Paper: How to Write a Bibliography
Letter-Writing Lessons & Tips
Popular Biography Printables for Grades K-5
Research Paper: Write a First Draft
How to Write a Research Paper
Popular Biography Printables for Grades 6-12
More Popular Nonfiction Literature Resources

Folk Tales & Related Resources

St. Patty's Day Quiz
St. Patty's Day Quiz: Answers
Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Teacher's Guide to the Works of Patricia Polacco
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
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

Keeper of the Lost Cities Curriculum Guide
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
Frankenstein Word Search
My Teacher Is an Alien
Hoaxes & Science Experiments
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Mindscape Curriculum Guide
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
A Teaching Guide to Terry Pratchett
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test C
Frankenstein Reading Guide
The Giver Discussion Guide
Frankenstein Teacher's Guide
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Jules Verne and Science Fiction
Star Trek
War of the Worlds
Jules Verne

Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

Harry Potter Resources and Activities
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
James and the Giant Peach
Frindle Teacher's Guide
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
More Popular Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Space Case Curriculum Guide
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times Curriculum Guide
Reading Warm-Up 143 for Gr. 5 & 6: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Roald Dahl Month: September
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Enrichment Activities
Miss Nelson is Missing
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction Resources

The Crucible
Number the Stars
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Katerina's Wish Curriculum Guide
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 and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Covers
Hogwarts Quiz (Advanced)
Harry Potter Timeline Activity
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Covers
Harry Potter Haiku Handout
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Covers
More Harry Potter Teacher Resources


Popular Poetry Printables
Sample Metaphor Poems
Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
The Odyssey
Chinese Calligraphy
"Twas the Night Before Christmas": Full Text
The Sad Shoes Poetry Pack: Main Idea and Supporting Details
More Poetry Teacher Resources

Fables & Related Resources

Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Cherokee Fables
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Aesop's "Two Travelers and the Bear"
The Origin of Pinocchio
The Arrival of the Pied Piper
More Fables & Related Resources

Graphic Organizers

Main Idea and Supporting Details Web
Beginning, Middle, and End
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
Story Map Graphic Organizer
Cause and Effect
Three Paragraph Main Idea and Details Chart
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
Research Paper: Look for Sources
The Bare Bones: Parts of a Book
Book Hunt!
More Library Skills Resources


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


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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