Resources for Teaching Literature

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.
Arnold Lobel

A few days ago, I posted a list of recommended reading lists. Once you have generated a list of books for your homeschool, the next question you may have is, “Now how do I incorporate literature studies into my homeschool?” One option is that you can just sit down with your child and read and discuss the book as things come up. This method worked really well for my older kids when they were in grades K-8. By 9th grade, however, they were busy enough with their own lives that they wanted to read literature selections on their own time. In addition, as they were all expressing interest in college, I wanted to make sure they knew how to formally analyze literature. Meanwhile, my youngest son has some pretty major learning disabilities and doesn’t always understand literature, even when I read out loud to him. I’ve found that guided questions are the best way to check for understanding and to help him synthesize the reading selection.

As such, I like to have reading guides and literature unit lesson plans on hand possible. Creating these from scratch is very time consuming, but they can be pretty expensive to buy though when you have multiple kids reading multiple books. Fortunately, there are a lot of free resources out there to help us homeschooling moms. Here is a list of literature study resources that I have found.

Labels: Language Arts, Literature
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff