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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.) 

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.

Short Stories for Studying Plot and Conflict Tags: short stories for kids free short stories literary elements literary devices plot elements conflict

Sentient candies who revolt against their Maker. "Whole Human" packages sent straight to your doorstep. The real reason the Titanic sank -- (did somebody say zombies)? What do all of these have in common? Why, the makings of a great story, of course. 

If you're studying literary elements and techniques with your kids, reading short stories can provide a clear view of the whole "narrative arc" in a more accessible, less lengthy format.

Supplement your study with the following classic short stories. Click on the Google doc below to read the stories, fill out plot diagrams, and answer comprehension and analysis questions for each. The document also contains links to tutorials on plot, conflict, flashbacks, and foreshadowing. 

Writing stories can also get kids thinking about what makes a good plot, an interesting conflict, and a satisfying resolution.

Writing prompts can be a good way to get the creative juices flowing. We've used some of the ones listed here. For more ideas, head over to StoryToolz. The site has ideas for conflicts, (such as rivalry, temptation, revenge, ambition, etc.), and a random title generator that suggests all kinds of tantalizing possibilities. For example: 

  • On the Far Side of the Intersection
  • Shadows of Symmetries
  • Distant Gateway
  • All Things Invisible

Nevermind if you or your kids don't know what any of the titles mean; they can work that out as they're coming up with intriguing storylines, tension-building conflicts, and awesome endings.

Here is another short story unit for studying additional literary elements. The unit includes comprehension questions and links to text and audio versions of the stories: 

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