Today, I wanted to mention a free resource that might be of interest. The Glencoe Literature Library page has free study guides for a huge selection of well-known novels such as
- Across Five Aprils
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Animal Farm
- The Canterbury Tales
- Jane Eyre
- Where the Red Fern Grows
and many more! Visit the Glencoe Literature Library page for more!
The Study Guides include sections on
- Meet the Author
- Introducing the Novel
- Before you Read
- Active Reading activities
- Personal Responses
I just found out about them, so haven’t used them (yet), but wanted to share the link so you could check them out.
In our family, we read a lot of well-known novels. We also use the big, fat, thick literature books (that’s what we always call them!!) that have short stories, poems, plays and other selections from well-known authors. (We get them used from Amazon for generally under $10.) My middle daughter reads these like candy! Last year, for example they read McDougal Littell Literature Yellow Level (affiliate link) and McDougal Littell Literature (green – Gr. 8) (affiliate link). Actually, DD read the Yellow one and 3 or 4 other thick books! She switched from the Literature series to the Language of Literature.
This year my son (9th grade) is using this Language of Literature book (affiliate link) which has selections by Amy Tan, D. H. Lawrence, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen Crane, E.E. Cummings, Leo Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Heinrich Boll and many others.
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