Free Literature Guides

Do you know about this great literature resource?  The Glencoe Literature Library page has Free Literature Study Guides (UPDATEThese appear not to be available any longer.) for a huge selection of well-known novels.

The Literature Study Guides include sections such as

  • Meet the Author
  • Introducing the Novel
  • Before you Read
  • Active Reading activities
  • Personal Responses


I thought I would mention this because I have used it a couple of times. I recently printed out the free literature guide for The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane which we are currently reading aloud together. This particular literature guide is 22 pages.

Red Badge of Courage - Free Literature Guide

Here are just a few examples of the free literature guides they have available. These link straight to the study guides:


  • Across Five Aprils
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Animal Farm
  • Call of the Wild
  • Frankenstein
  • Jane Eyre
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Scarlett Letter
  • Shiloh
  • The Summer of the Swans
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • A Wrinkle in Time

and many more!  Visit the Glencoe Literature Library page for more!

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! My kids have read McDougal Littell Literature Yellow Level (affiliate link)  and McDougal Littell Literature (green – Gr. 8) (affiliate link).

Literature Book - homeschoolWhen my son was in 9th grade he used 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.

Literature Textbook Grade 10Hope this is handy to someone! That’s about it for today.

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