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Summer Reading Tags: summer reading summer reading list summer reading program summer reading list high school summer reading 2012 summer reads

If you would like to encourage your teens to continue reading over the summer, and maybe get through some classics on the high school reading lists, here are some audio/visual resources that may help:

  • SYNC Young Adult Audio Books and Classics

Throughout the summer, Audiofile Magazine is offering free downloads of selected classics and YA bestsellers. They present the audiobooks in pairs, matching YA titles with classics that have similar themes, such as: 

The program begins on April 27th. Click here for 2017 schedule.

  • Video Summaries/Analyses of the Classics

60 Second Recap features video overviews of classic literature, such as Huck Finn, 1984, Shakespeare plays, and more. For each classic, there is a discussion of the plot, characters, themes, motifs and symbols, broken down into 60 second chunks. The site has a resources page that gives definitions of literary elements (allegory, satire, etc.), tips on how to write a paper, and tips on how you can communicate effectively in 60 seconds.

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:

A Wrinkle in Time:

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

Free Elementary Animal Science Readers Tags: reading comprehension science books science books for kids harcourt science non fiction books readers leveled readers

Click on the links below to download for free a variety of science books about animals for grades K - 5. The books are from 10 - 15 pages, with questions at the end.

Grade 1

A Frog's Life

Animals of the Forest

How Animals Survive

Grade 2

The Ant

Hamsters

Orangutans

Ponies

The Prairie Dog

Prairie Babies

Watching Arctic Wolves

Grade 3

Amazing Animal Tales

Birds and Their Nests

Falcons in the Sky

Guide Dog School

Monkeys Making a Difference

Owl Life

Grade 4

The Animals of the La Brea Tarpits

Animals on the Move

Grade 5

The Gentle Lions of the Sea

Whales of the World

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