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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
Post Card Template
Curious George's First Day of School Teacher's Guide
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
Using Folklore and Fairytales in the Classroom
More Kindergarten Literature Printables
More 1st Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (2-3)

Getting to Know Me
The Parts of a Letter
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Writing Activity: Describe the Rain Scene
Make a Giving Tree
More 2nd Grade Literature Printables
More 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (4-5)

Who Am I? – Character Description
Writing a Character Sketch
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Patriotic Poems and Songs
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
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
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing — Comprehension Test A
More 6th Grade Literature Printables
More 7th Grade Literature Printables
More 8th Grade Literature Printables

Printable Activities (9-12)

The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
Celebrating Diversity Through Young People's Literature
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
The Merchant of Venice Teacher's Guide
Cyber Bullying: A Guide for Teachers
More 9th Grade Literature Printables
More 10th Grade Literature Printables
More 11th Grade Literature Printables
More 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans (K-5)

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

References

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

Social Studies Connections

Contemporary Irish Writers Live Up to Legend
Famous Words About Books
Famous Storytellers
Frequently Banned Children's Books
Child Authors
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science Connections

Animal Farm Literature Guide
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Comprehension Questions
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
More Literature & Science Resources

Art Connections

Top 10 Books by Eric Carle
Family Finger Plays
Storytelling Through Art
T. Rex Pop-Up Activity
Wreck This Journal Classroom Packet
More Literature & Art Resources

Music Connections

Present a Skit
A Midsummer Night's Dream
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
The Play's the Thing
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
Activities for African Folk Tales
More Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew
Othello
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
King Lear
The Tempest
More Shakespeare Resources for Teachers

Nonfiction

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

Folk Tales

Folk Tale Problem-Solving
Reading Warm-Up 84 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 83 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 84 for Gr. 3 & 4: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Reading Warm-Up 83 for Gr. 3 & 4: Fairy Tales and Folklore
More Popular Folk Tales

War Stories

Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
Milkweed
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Hiroshima: Discussion Questions & Project Ideas
More War Stories

Science-Fiction

1984
Frankenstein Word Search
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My Teacher Is an Alien
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction
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
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
More Fantasy Fiction

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Miss Nelson is Missing
Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Enrichment Activities
Roald Dahl Month: September
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction

The Crucible
Once Discussion Guide
Number the Stars
Historical Fiction Printable Book (4-8)
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
More Historical Fiction

Harry Potter

Hogwarts Quiz (Advanced)
Harry Potter Timeline Activity
Script Writing Handout
J.K. Rowling Timeline Activity
Harry Potter Haiku Handout
More Harry Potter Resources

Poetry

Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Shape Poems
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
The Odyssey
More Poetry

Fables

Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Cherokee Fables
More Fables

Literature-Themed Graphic Organizers

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

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