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High School Literature and Composition Tags: high school literature free ebooks online high school literature composition

The following online resources are free, quality materials that can be used as ready-made courses, or as components to build your own. 

Full Courses: These high school literature courses have both literature analysis, and grammar and composition components. Some sites, such as Georgia Virtual Learning, offer a variety of literature courses, such as Contemporary Lit, or Mythology. These courses are organized as units that can be clicked into separately so you can choose the material you want to use. 

Lit/Lang Arts: Free High School Courses, by traykay

Free Book Sites:

Full Text Archive: A collection of copyright-free books, plays and poems you can read online or download as PDF.

Planet eBook: Download, for free, classic literature as ebooks.

LoyalBooks: Download free public domain audiobooks and ebooks.

CommonLit: A free collection of fiction and non-fiction resources for grades 5 - 12.

Short Stories: presented by author and short story collection

Other Resources:

More literature powerpoints can be found at World of Teaching.

LitCharts: Presents background information on famous novels, including analysis of plot, characters, themes, symbols and quotes, and chapter summaries. Free to download in PDF or mobile apps. 

Study stylistic devices and literary themes in American Literature: Romantic Spirit, an interactive lesson that's part of the American Literature Series at SAS Curriculum Pathways. The site also has English and World literature resources.

State-by-State Reading List: Also includes stories that take place in Canada.

Visit 60 Second Recap for more overviews of the classics.

Visit the Reading/Language Arts downloads for study guides and additional resources.

Literary Analysis Resources Tags: literary elements elements of literature literary analysis literary criticism literary analysis essay

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When it comes to teaching literature, some homeschool families like to use curricula that comes complete with pre-determined reading lists, and comprehension and discussion questions. Other families like to choose their own books and corresponding literature guides for those book, many of which are available for free. But what if you want a literary analysis study with questions, activities and essay topics that can be used with any book?

Since all works of fiction share the same basic elements, you can help your kids recognize and evaluate these elements using more generic resources. Here are some that are free:

Glossary of Literary Terms: Provides descriptions of literary elements with examples from A Wrinkle in Time.

 

Literary Elements: This short video lesson describes how the basic literary elements affect one another in a story, using Hunger Games as an example.

Literary Elements Lessons: This 88-page document includes 18 lessons, each covering a specific literary element, like symbolism or personification. The lessons include short reading passages and questions. The document also includes answer keys.

Literary Visions: This series of half-hour videos from Annenberg Learner discusses the basic elements of fiction in stories, poems, and plays.

If you want to delve deeper, you can get into the various techniques writers use, such as symbolism, tone, diction and point of view. Here are several worksheets to help study these:

  • Questions to consider when analyzing setting, plot, character, point of view, symbolism, and theme. 6pp.

  • These worksheets provide suggestions for analyzing plot, point of view, tone, character, setting, theme, style, diction, syntax, imagery, symbolism, figurative language, irony, and quotes. 8 pp.
  • Blank chart to fill in with information on various literary elements. 4 pp.

You can also study based on the type of work, for example, analyzing a play (4 pp.) or poetry (3 pp.). This generic novel study guide breaks a book into thirds, with suggested questions for the beginning, middle, and end of a book. Includes word study and activity suggestions. (4 pp.) 

Get a Grip on Grammar Tags: grammar correct grammar grammar rules grammar games grammar practice

(From Grammar Goofs - visual showing 15 common grammar mistakes).

Here are some free resources for learning grammar, including visual and animated lessons, games, worksheets and tests.

Phonics; Language Arts; Grammar; Spelling, by traykay

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