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High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website. 
Working in groups, young historians review a war poem written by Stephen Crane. After reviewing the poem, they present an oral interpretation of the poem and hold a panel discussion about their analysis. The panel is made up of five or six experts who present on topics such as literature and the author, as well as a moderator.
Maximize time and engage learners by using children's literature in your science lessons.
Allow your pupils to take control of their own learning by setting up literature circles for So B. It by Sarah Weeks. Group members can discuss and answer the questions provided in the materials, and you can check their work with this resource, which includes suggested responses. Several activities are also listed. Tip: Incorporate roles into the literature circles to enhance and streamline the experience.
Role sheets clearly define expectations of all group members in this introduction to literature circles. By using a variety of picture books or short texts, readers can practice roles while the teacher circulates to each group observing or temporarily joining a group to draw all learners into a thoughtful discussion. The book list provides titles of possible texts.
Parents looking for a summer alternative to regular schooling, should try a literature curriculum model.
Practice grade-level reading comprehension with this lesson, in which middle schoolers read different examples of Native American literature. They discover different cultures while examining their own, and answer questions related to the readings. Use this lesson in your American Literature unit, or as a way to assess reading comprehension.
Developing a check list can make writing a literature analysis easier.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 14 multiple choice questions based on various Utopian literature. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 31 short answer and essay questions based on More's Utopia and other Utopian literature. Students may also access an online quiz on the selection using the link at the bottom of the page.
Young scholars prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes twenty-four lessons from the World Literature series, each covering a different reading selection from Africa. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each lesson as well as extension and customization options.
Learners prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes nineteen lessons from the American Literature, A New Nation: 1750-1850 series, each covering a different reading selection. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each instructional activity as well as extension and customization options.
Students prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes fourteen lessons from the American Literature, The Civil War and Its Aftermath: 1845-1880 series, each covering a different reading selection. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each lesson as well as extension and customization options.
Young scholars prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes nineteen lessons, each covering a different reading selection. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each lesson as well as extension and customization options.
Middle schoolers prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes eleven lessons from the American Literature, The Earliest Days: Prehistory to 1750 each covering a different reading selection. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each lesson as well as extension and customization options.
Literature circles allow learners to take ownership of their reading decisions. In groups of three to five, students read a short novel of their choice. Each person in the group has a different role. Unfortunately, links do not work.
Students participate in forming cooperative groups, read a short piece of literature and experience the roles and expectations in a literature circle. They choose a role to partake in and join the group to experience literature in a whole new fashion.
Students complete literature circles with Civil War books. In this American History lesson, students read a book discussing the Civil War in 4 weeks and complete multiple literature circle positions in their class.  They read a Civil War letter and respond based on the knowledge they have gained.  
Dazai Osamu’s short story, “A Sound of Hammering” is the focus of a three-day investigation of modern Japanese literature and life in post-World War II Japan. The events in Osamu’s story mirror those in his own life, and give a verisimilitude to the tale. Pre-reading activities, plot based and discussion questions, and a QAR worksheet are included in the richly detailed plan.
Here is a widely applicable set of materials to enhance any reading task. You'll find graphic organizers, response to literature activities, writing prompts, a reading schedule, study guides, a story plot flow chart, and a character map. Resource is designated for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, but these materials would work for any literary text, at home or in the classroom.