We are grateful to all teachers, English teachers and literature professors from around the world who have taken up the challenge of teaching reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to the world's students. Please use the free resources at our website to awaken a life-long passion for literature and learning in your students. Tell your colleagues if you find them helpful. And thank you for choosing to teach!
- Short Stories for Children
Classic children's stories, fairytales and folktales with beautiful illustrations, as well as some text exemplars, specifically for pre-k to elementary school. Featuring Beatrix Potter, Aesop's Fables, Mother Goose, Brother's Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Rudyard Kipling, Margery Williams, Joseph Martin Kronheim, Ruth Stiles Gannett, Edward Lear, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, J.M. Barrie, and many more! Great reference to share with your parents for more shared reading opportunities.
- Books for Young Readers
A collection of classic chapter books to appeal to all young readers. The Secret Garden, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, Little Women, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, and many more to inspire the love of reading independently, or read aloud by a teacher or parent.
- Short Stories for Middle School Students
A collection of suggested short stories for middle school students: Vol I
, Vol II
. These stories are fun and entertaining as well as educational.
- Short Stories for High School Students
A collection of suggested short stories for high school students: Vol I
, Vol II
. Note, some of these stories are suitable for college level course work. Some of the stories on the Middle School list should be considered because they are iconic and often anthologized. If high school students have not read some of the iconic stories on the Middle School list, please consider assigning some for extra credit.
- Poetry for the Well-Read Student
Fifty great poems for middle school, high school, and beyond... Poetry exemplars and many more to inspire students to enjoy poetry. Authors include Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Lewis Carroll, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Donne, Li Bai, T.S. Eliot, Anna Akhmatova, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde, Sara Teasdale, Samuel Coleridge, Shakespeare, and many more.
- Children's Poetry
Especially selected poems to engage children from pre-k to elementary school, including poetry exemplars and others we think your students will enjoy. Authors include Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edward Lear, Mother Goose, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Louisa May Alcott, Ernest Lawrence Thayer, Emma Lazarus, and many more.
- Haiku Poetry
are simply stunning. Elementary school teachers are fond of haikus and these are fantastic. His short story,
The haiku poems by The Aged Mother
, is also wonderful. We're putting this here for the students . . . But take some time for yourself and enjoy Basho's beautiful contributions to literature!
- American History
Profiles of important authors, their essays, speeches, documents and literature which helped shape America and provide context for its history. Profiles and the work of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Beecher Stowe, Langston Hughes, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Easy-to-access: U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Amendments, Common Sense, Democracy in America, as well as literature featuring historic context to help students better understand what has shaped America.
- African American Literature
Profiles of important African Americans and social activist authors who addressed important issues of racial equality in their writings, which helped shape America. Including Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Includes the Emancipation Proclamation, the Reconstruction Amendments, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and the U.S. Bill of Rights.
- Common Core Text Exemplars
- 100 Great Short Stories
This is a great resource to inspire students to read a broad range of authors and write their own.
- 75 Short-Short Stories
Appropriate for middle school and high school students, offering stories that can be read in five minutes or less, sorted by mood to engage students in reading, particularly those who might be reluctant to commit to a novel or long story.
- 50 Great Feel-Good Stories
Sorted into two sections: one for middle school/high school through adult, the other for elementary children. These stories offer that "good feeling" which makes reading such a joy. Authors include O. Henry, Oscar Wilde, Kathleen Norris, Leo Tolstoy, T.S. Arthur, Bret Harte, Willa Cather, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Anton Chekhov, Stephen Crane, Louisa May Alcott, H.H. Munro (SAKI), James Baldwin, L. Frank Baum, Beatrix Potter, Hans Christian Andersen, Joseph Martin Kronheim, and many more.
- All About The Short Story
This is an introductory page that helps students get acquainted with the short story form and find the answers to some commonly asked questions; what's the definition of a short story, how long is a good short story, how are short stories different from poems and novels, where can I find examples of good short stories? A helpful self-study quiz for students will be added shortly.
- The Civil War Library
A collection of short stories, books, essays, letters, poems and speeches about the American Civil War. Featuring the works of Stephen Crane, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Edward Everett Hale, Louisa May Alcott, and Sullivan Ballou.
- 25 Great American Novels
All the usual suspects: Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, The Secret Garden, Moby-Dick, The Scarlet Letter, The Call of the Wild, The Awakening and many other classics from American Literature.
- Elementary School Reading
If you are teaching kindergarten through 5th grade (K-5), you will find age-appropriate reading in the Children's Library
, where we feature great stories for kids to read, as well as great stories to read out loud to children. Stronger readers might try to read a selection from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
. There is also an illustrated section devoted to Aesop's Fables
. Kindergarten and first-grade teachers might find Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes
- Seasonal Reading for the Classroom
When I was a student in the younger grades, it was always a special treat when Halloween and Christmas rolled around and the teacher would read seasonal-specific stories to us, or assign them in class. I suppose current teachers have to exercise a lot of judgement in their selections now -- with deference to the heightened sensibilities regarding religious freedom, political correctness, etc. Hopefully some of you will find stories that you can share with your classes amongst the following collections:
Children's Christmas Stories
The Gothic, Ghost, Horror & Weird Library
- The Bard: William Shakespeare
Don't forget Shakespeare! This is a collection of Shakespeare plays and sonnets.
- Features Page
This page highlights more resources at the site, inlcuding historical documents, a collection of African-American literature, a listing of women authors, poetry, essays, fairy-tales, and more.
- American History
Literature, culture, and history
are inextricably tied together. Harriet Beecher Stowe's
novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
may have hastened the arrival of the American Civil War, and Thoreau's
essay Civil Disobedience
informed Gandhi and Martin Luther King and continues to influence culture today. We have pulled together some important historical works to help you bring landmark documents like The Gettysburg Adress
into your classroom instruction and discussions. We feature a collection of prominent historical figures and documents on our American History page
- Teachers Teaching Teachers
I want to build a section here, with links that will help teachers to become better teachers, find ways to inspire their students and spark the joy of reading in them. I will seed this section with some links that I have found inspiring and helpful. Please email suggestions to me using the email address toward the bottom of this page.
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The Catcher in the Rye is not public domain material, so I cannot host it at this site, but many of you will teach it during your career. As you plan for you class and teach the material, I hope you will find this work, by teacher Shaun L. Kelly to be inspirational and helpful to you and your students: Growing Old With Holden
Professor Bridget M. Marshal shared her approach to teaching Ambrose Bierce's short story, The Boarded Window. This is a good story for more advanced students. You can find her suggestions here: "Teaching The Boarded Window".
Rob Velella is an independent scholar of American Literature. He maintains The American Literary Blog and holds an MA in English & Publishing. He is passionate about literary history and his extensive knowledge is on display at his blog. I include him here as a potential resource that can be booked to come to your school or classroom to provide a living history performance. His most popular dramatic personae are Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.