Classic Literature in Elementary, Middle and High School
Enjoy sharing, exploring and analyzing classic literature with your elementary, middle school and high school students. From basic lessons with adaptions of the classics to the more complex analysis of characters, styles and themes, you will find what you need in this table of contents that will guide you in teaching classic literature.
Classics Literature In Elementary School
This section contains ideas, lessons and resources for introducing classic literature in the elementary years in age-appropriate ways.
The first article presents techniques for introducing elementary school children to classic literature; included is a list of classic stories (such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) to use with young students. The following article presents a list of age-appropriate resources for introducing Shakespeare’s works to elementary students. Use the lessons that follow with your young students and prepare them for the middle school and high school years requiring a more involved study of these classics.
- Kids and the Classics
- Teaching Shakespeare to Elementary Students
- Teaching Students Macbeth
- Teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Teaching The Tempest
- Teaching The Twelfth Night
The Gothic Classics In Middle And High School
The gore. The dark shadows. Students love it and you will love teaching it. The gothic genre sparks students’ interest; students can make connections to modern films and books. The connections are plentiful for teaching this genre.
As students study these great classics, they create their own scary gothic tales and create an original monster. Search through the lessons in this section for choosing the ones right for your students. Modify, as needed, to fit your middle school and high school students’ levels.
- The Gothic Genre
- Teaching Short Stories With Works of Edgar Allan Poe
- Writing Scary Stories Through the Study of Poe and the Gothic Genre
- Teaching Literary Devices and Suspense With The Tell-Tale Heart
- Teaching Suspense in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat
- Creating a Monster With the Study Of Frankenstein
- Teaching Allusions With Frankenstein
- Exploring Decision-Making With Frankenstein
Classic Poetry For Middle and High School Students
At first mention of classic poetry, students may feel intimidated. But with the lessons presented in this section, learning literary devices such as imagery, alliteration, rhyme and figurative language present a reasonable challenge for middle and high school students.
Search through the articles here to consider the poems and lessons; choose the ones that work best for you and your students. Poems include The Raven, I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, The Eagle, A Dream Deferred, and Red, Red Rose and more.
- Poetry Analysis With Robert Frost’s Acquainted With The Night
- Poems For Teaching Imagery
- Poems For Teaching Personification
- Poems With Figurative Language
- Classic Poetry For ESL Classes
- Classic Poems For Teaching Similes
- Classic Poems For Teaching Sound Devices
- Teaching the Epic Poem The Odyssey (Advanced Middle School or High School)
Classic Literature Lessons For High School
Five classic literature stories, each with two articles including lessons and tips, are presented in this section. Select the lessons that match the stories you’re teaching and use these to enhance and extend your instruction.
Explore the various ideas for teaching literary elements and techniques such as analyzing characters and plots, identifying themes and motives and much more.
- Teaching Symbolism In Lord Of The Flies
- Review of Characters In Lord Of The Flies
- Analyzing Circular Plot In Of Mice And Men
- Study Questions for Of Mice and Men
- Ideas For Teaching Julius Caesar
- Analyzing Speeches With Julius Caesar
- Teaching Character Analysis In Romeo and Juliet
- Teaching Irony In Romeo And Juliet
- Applying Reading Strategies With Antigone
- Teaching Literary Analysis With Antigone
Classic Literature Units and Guides For High School
Use this section to find lists of classics by time period and author. The links contained in this section offer units and guides for teaching the classics. Lessons include topics such as character analysis, vocabulary, plot analysis, essay writing and more.
The suggestions for classic stories and poems here make for effortless planning and designing of instruction when incorporating the classics into your instruction.
- Study Guides to the Classics From the 1800s
- Study Guides For Classic Literature of the 1900s
- Guide to Emily Dickinson Poems
- Guide to Robert Frost’s Poems
Classic Literature Reading Lists
This final section provides articles containing lists of classic stories. Explore the many classics presented in these articles and choose those that complete, extend or enhance your instructional plans for your English classes.
- Classic Short Stories for Teaching Theme
- Required Reading for 12th Grade English
- Classic Short Stories List
- 10th Grade Classic Literature Reading List
- AP English Reading List
Classic Literature Beyond High School
Teaching with the classics from a young age exposes students to the great authors, styles and themes they will encounter in college English, literature and history classes. Prepare your students well. Use this table of contents to guide your planning and design of instruction to ensure age and level-appropriate lessons and materials.
- Author’s own research and experience