By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
High school literature classes take students on a journey through a huge variety of settings, lives, time periods and emotions, but finding the best resources to guide them through these discoveries in a way that will resonate throughout their lives can be a challenge.
Fortunately, Curriki offers eight outstanding literature units, plus a vast collection of Study Guides and an excellent unit on Literary Analysis, to give you the tools you need to cultivate a fire for great literature in the hearts of your students. Read on!
- Catcher in the Rye – Curriki’s Collection of Resources for Teaching “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger includes assessments, reading guides, vocabulary activities, and essay topics.
- The Outsiders – This collection contains modified roadmaps and vocabulary exercises pertaining to S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders.”
- Antigone – Curriki’s amazingly creative collection of materials for teaching Sophocles’ play “Antigone” uses McDougal-Littel’s text The Language of Literature to offer activities, study guides, projects, quizzes and tests. There’s even a Jeopardy game and a a poster project!
- Literature of Edgar Allan Poe – From “The Tell-Tale Heart” to “The Raven” to “The Fall of the House of Usher, ” Poe’s thrilling stories grab you by the throat even today, and Curriki’s resources will brand them into your students minds’ forevermore.
- To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee’s classic has been sparking lively discussion for decades, and Curriki’s resources use essays, journals, a town map project and more to engage your students in memorable reflection on a classic.
- Jane Eyre – Jane Eyre’s struggles still speak to us today, and Curriki’s resources will enhance your in-depth teaching of this Charlotte Bronte perennial to your AP English Language and Composition students, including a lesson on Victorian women and Godey’s Ladys Book. How is life different today?
- Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel covers the dangers of censorship and the loss of ideas in a dystopian future in which books have been outlawed. Explore the topic in depth with Curriki’s transformative resources.
- Frankenstein – Curriki takes Mary Shelley’s masterpiece and modernizes the teaching of it through independent and group activities involving news articles, non-fiction pieces, technology and recent news events.
- Shmoop Study Guides for Novels – If you’re teaching a novel not on the above list, Schmoops on Curriki probably has it! Explore Jane Austen’s “Emma, ” Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22,” Voltaire’s “Candide,” Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited,” Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” and too many others to count.
- General Resources for Approaches to Literary Analysis – Before your students begin analyzing any novel, we suggest you peruse Currriki’s collection of resources for teaching approaches to literary analysis in the language arts classroom.
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Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.
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