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Folklore, Fables, Myths and Tales Tags: folklore fables myths fairytales reading comprehension

The following Google Docs lesson and worksheet about fables, folktales and myths includes links to each type of tale, with an area to fill in the theme of each one. Make a copy of it so you can edit it. Share it as is, or tweak it your own way, and then share it with others.

Here are some additional free resources:

Long Long Time Ago Stories for Children

Fables, folktales, fairytales, myths;  a section that tells the stories behind some well-known nursery rhymes, and a couple of tales from history: King Robert of Scotland, and Ashoka, great emperor of India.

Myths and Legends

Most of the stories on this site are from around England, but also include tales from other parts of the world. You can read the story or listen to it, access a story’s origins, and get teaching ideas for the stories. There’s also a story creator so you can tell your own tales. 

Generosity of Spirit Folktales

This unit includes 20 lessons using tales from around the world that illustrate the themes of giving and philanthropy. Suggested for high school level.

Aesop’s Fables Reading Comprehension

Download four fables and answer sheets here. Read more Aesop's Fables online at Lit2Go.

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.

Graphic Organizers: For help with writing assignments, this site has links to graphic organizers for organizing paragraphs, character and plot analysis, literary elements, etc.

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.

Literature Study Guides Tags: progeny press book summaries book recommendations lesson plans

Free literature guides can be found at:

Glencoe Guides: Include background information on the novels and activity pages. 

Holt Guides: For middle and high school fiction, drama and poetry.

Shmoop: Offers complete analysis, including themes, plot, characters, etc. Has sections for questions, quizzes, and essay suggestions. Has a middle-school section.

The Best Notes: Analysis of literary elements; chapter summaries and notes; vocabulary, study questions, and essay and book report ideas.

Pink Monkey: Summaries and study guides.

Lit Lovers: Reading guides feature summaries, author bios, and review questions. There are also generic questions that can be used for any fiction or non-fiction books.

Generic Questions: For analyzing setting, plot, character, point of view, symbolism and theme.

Study Guides for Specific Books:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

The Giver

Holes

The Hobbit

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The Scarlet Letter: Includes instructions for three activities: character log; discussion/debate; and final paper.  

The Lemonade War

Macbeth

Frankenstein

The Color Purple

Treasure Island

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