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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.


Reading Comprehension Stories, Vol. I: Printables Slideshow (Gr. 1)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades 6-8)
Poetry Lessons & Activities: Gallery of Worksheets (Grades K-2)
Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 3-5)
Summer Reading (Grades K-2)
Summer Reading (Grades 3-5)
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
Common Core Teacher's Guide to the Max Books
Last Day Blues Student Poem for Teacher
Sidney Won't Swim Party Kit
My Summer Reading Chart
More Popular Kindergarten Literature Printables

First Grade Literature Printables

The Little Engine That Could: Activity Booklet
And Tango Makes Three Educator's Guide
Summer Reading Suggestions & Tips
A Letter to a Friendly Monster
Summer Reading List: 1st Grade
More Popular 1st Grade Literature Printables

Second Grade Literature Printables

Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 Teacher's Guide
Common Core Teacher's Guide to the Books of Bruce Goldstone
The Parts of a Letter
Getting to Know Me
Writing Activity: Describe the Rain Scene
More Popular 2nd Grade Literature Printables

Third Grade Literature Printables

Timmy Failure Activity Kit
Finding Serendipity Common Core Teacher's Guide
Shape Poems
Charlotte's Web Quiz
Folk Tale Problem-Solving
More Popular 3rd Grade Literature Printables

Fourth Grade Literature Printables

Who Am I? – Character Description
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Common Core Teacher's Guide
Common Core Teacher's Guide to the Calpurnia Tate Books
A Wrinkle in Time Common Core Teacher's Guide
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Project Ideas, Comprehension Tests & Activities
More Popular 4th Grade Literature Printables

Fifth Grade Literature Printables

Joey Pigza Series Common Core Teacher's Guide
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test A
Types of Poetry
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Letter Writing
More Popular 5th Grade Literature Printables

Sixth Grade Literature Printables

"The Monkey's Paw" Short Story & Activities
Scoring Rubric: Poetry
Life Is Sweet: The Story of Milton Hershey
Rachel Carson: The Coming of a Silent Spring: Reading Passage
The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail Reading Guide
More Popular 6th Grade Literature Printables

Seventh Grade Literature Printables

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Common Core Teacher's Guide
"The Raven" Poem & Activities
Short Story Rubric
Scoring Rubric: Research Report/Paper
Writing a Character Sketch
More Popular 7th Grade Literature Printables

Eighth Grade Literature Printables

Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act I
James and the Giant Peach — Comprehension Test B
Poetic Language in "Memories of Christmas"
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Sarah, Plain and Tall — Comprehension Test A
More Popular 8th Grade Literature Printables

Ninth Grade Literature Printables

Read Between the Lines Discussion Guide
Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves Discussion Guide
The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Lists & Quizzes
Persuasive Essay Rubric I
Scoring Rubric: Literary Analysis/Interpretation
More Popular 9th Grade Literature Printables

Tenth Grade Literature Printables

Scoring Rubric: Summary
Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
Scoring Rubric: Drama
Romeo and Juliet – Comprehension Check Act III
Romeo and Juliet – Language Exploration: Metaphor Act III
More Popular 10th Grade Literature Printables

Eleventh Grade Literature Printables

Once Discussion Guide
Scoring Rubric: Response to Literature
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
The House on Mango Street Writing Activity
"The Black Cat" Play & Activities
More Popular 11th Grade Literature Printables

Twelfth Grade Literature Printables

Romeo and Juliet – Critical Thinking Questions Act IV
Scoring Rubric: Resume and Cover Letter
Scoring Rubric: Comparison/Contrast
Hiroshima: Discussion Questions & Project Ideas
More Popular 12th Grade Literature Printables

Lesson Plans, Grades K-5

Journal Writing
"The Grasshopper and the Owl": A Fable by Aesop
Metaphor Unit Poems
An Autobiographical Poem
Create a Hogwarts Floor Plan
Write a Harry Potter Script
Harry Potter Character Posters
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans, Grades 6-12

The History & Poetry of "In Flanders Fields"
"The Fox and the Goat": A Lesson on Aesop's Fable
Billie Holiday's Song "Strange Fruit"
Fall Haiku
An Immigrant's Story
International Cover Art for Harry Potter Lesson
Inaugural Poetry
More Popular Literature Lesson Plans


Poetry Terms Glossary
Character Traits
Interview with Jose Garcia Villa
Literary Glossary
Jerry Spinelli on Milkweed
A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System
Child Authors
More Popular Literature References

Social Studies & Literature Connected

1920's Written and Oral Report Ideas
Agatha Christie
Famous Storytellers
Caldecott Medal Winners
Famous Words About Books
Nobel Prize for Literature Winners
Frequently Banned Children's Books
More Literature & Social Studies Resources

Science & Literature Connected

Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
Animal Farm Literature Guide
How to Eat Fried Worms Enrichment Activities
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Post Card Template
Are You an Ant? Teacher's Guide
Have a Heart
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
Can You Hear a Story?
Visualizing Jazz Scenes of the Harlem Renaissance
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
No English Teacher's Guide
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Lon Po Po Enrichment Activities
A Flag About Me
Activities for African Folk Tales
The Keeping Quilt
More Popular Multicultural Literature Resources

Shakespeare Resources

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

Folk Tales & Related Resources

Reading Warm-Up 96 for Gr. 1 & 2: Fairy Tales and Folklore
Jumanji Teacher's Guide
Tall Tales
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Word Puzzle
Puerto Rican Folk Tale
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Shadow of a Bull
More Popular Folk Tales & Related Resources

War Stories & Related Resources

"In Flanders Fields"
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Purple Heart Reading Guide
My Brother Sam Is Dead
Across Five Aprils Discussion Guide
Dealing with War in the Classroom
More War Stories & Related Resources

Science-Fiction & Related Resources

Frankenstein — Comprehension Test A
Among the Hidden Teacher's Guide
The 5th Wave Discussion Guide
Frankenstein Word Search
War of the Worlds
My Teacher Is an Alien Vocabulary List
My Teacher Is an Alien
Jules Verne
The Giver Discussion Guide
Frankenstein — Comprehension Test B
Projects for Frankenstein
Fahrenheit 451 Teacher's Guide
Reader's Stew
Firebird Books Classroom Guide: Discussions on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Star Trek
Jules Verne and Science Fiction
A Reader's Guide for A Certain Slant of Light
Lowthar's Blade Teacher's Guide
A Guide to Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Fantasy Fiction & Related Resources

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

Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Teacher's Guide to Cam Jansen Mysteries
Reading Warm-Up 144 for Gr. 3 & 4: Mystery/Suspense/Adventure
Roald Dahl Month: September
Miss Nelson is Missing
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery — Comprehension Test A
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Teacher's Guide
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — Comprehension Test C
More Detective, Mystery, & Adventure Fiction

Historical Fiction Resources

The Crucible
Number the Stars
Number the Stars Character Jeopardy
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Readers Theater Script: Little House on the Prairie
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Herding Cattle
Pedro's Journal Literature Guide
More Popular Historical Fiction Resources

Harry Potter Resources

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


Popular Poetry Printables
Poetry Lessons & Worksheets: Gallery of Activities (Grades 9-12)
Top 10 Poetry Activities & Prompts: Printables Gallery
Sample Metaphor Poems
Chinese Calligraphy
Favorite Foods
The Sad Shoes Poetry Pack: Main Idea and Supporting Details
More Poetry Teacher Resources

Fables & Related Resources

Cherokee Fables
Aesop's "Grasshopper and Owl"
Aesop's "The Fox and the Goat"
Rapunzel Literature Guide
Aesop's "Two Travelers and the Bear"
Aesop's "The Donkey and the Dog"
Books to Use When Teaching Fables
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?
Research Activities Printable Book (Grades K-4)
Whooooo and What?
The Bare Bones: Parts of a Book
Concepts of a Story -- Plot I
More Library Skills Resources


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


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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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