Teaching Literature

american literature

british literature

multicultural/women's/world literature

lesson plans/course syllabi



young adult literature

literary genres/mythology



critical lenses

story response/writing



professional development



How to use this site



Goals for teaching literature: What does it mean to teach literature?


Understanding students’ individual differences: Who are our kids?


Planning and Organizing Literature Instruction: How Do I Decide What to Teach?


Using Drama to Foster Interpretation: How Can I Help Students Read Better?


Leading Classroom Discussions of Literature: How Do I Get Them to Talk about Literature?


Writing about literature: How do I get them to write about literature?


Using narratives in the classroom: What’s the use of story?


Teaching text and task-specific strategies: How does the shape of a text change the shape of my teaching?


Teaching the Classics: Do I Have To Teach the Canon, And If So, How Do I Do It?


Multiple Perspectives to Engage Students with Literature: What are Different Ways of Seeing?


Teaching Media Literacy: What else is a text and how do I teach it?


Assessing and Evaluating Students’ Learning: How do I know what they’ve learned?



Nathaniel Hawthorne
Toni Morrison
F. Scott Fitzgerald
John Steinbeck
Harper Lee

American Literature

All American: Literature, History, and Culture

Essays on the Teaching of American Literature from the Heath Anthology Newsletter

Issues in the teaching of American literature: from the T-AMLIT JOURNAL

Webquest: Call of the Wild

Webquest: To Kill a Mockingbird

Webquest: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird companion web site

Webquest: The Crucible

Webquest: Of Mice and Men

Webquest: The Scarlet Letter

Webquest: The Great Gatsby

Webquest: The Great Gatsby

lots of webquests by text/author

American writers: biographical information

Novel Guides: guides for specific novels

ClassicNotes: summary essays on texts

Sparknotes: study guides for novels

Author sites organized by period

themes/issues for evoking responses
includes students’ responses to issues/themes

History of American Literature: organized by period

lots of lesson plans

The Jolly Roger: literature for the current generation

KillDevilHill: lots of on-line literature

lots of English-teaching Webquests

Webquest: American literature and history: different periods

lots of American literature webquests

author information/guides

teaching multicultural aspects of early American literature

lots of resources for teaching American literature

hundreds of study guides from Oxford/Cambridge

The Literature Network: on-line literature

Project Gutenberg: on-line literature
one of the most important on-line literature sites

college course syllabi

on-line literature by author

lots of cyberguides for teaching specific texts

Index of Authors

Literature links
American literature and ALL other kinds

American Literature Archive
This page functions as a table of contents and includes a plethora of diverse Internet resources specifically designed for the study of American Literature.

Library of Syllabi for Teaching the American Literatures

Post-WWII American Literature and Culture Database

American Literature Research and Reference Guide
research by time period

Project Crow (Course Resources On the Web)
website for American literature surveys

teaching guides (enter a title)

electronic archive: teaching American literature

Annenberg Learning Channel series: American Literary Passages
16 programs


American Literature on the web.

Chronological information on American literature

American literature literary periods

Hypertexts of various American literature sources; alphabetical; contains some more obscure titles/authors

Information on different kinds of American literature          

About To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men and other banned books.  

Another source on To Kill a Mockingbird. 

A good source for Of Mice and Men

A good source for American short stories

A good general American Lit website

Latin-American short stories

A native American literature website

Jewish American literature

American short story sources

Native American Literature—short stories

Buley Library: A modern American literature site; contains a lot of poetry

A good thorough website.  Contains a lot of poetry, plus things like horror and sci-fi

American Literature and Music, with a focus on African-American literature and music

A good database for American lit.  Includes teaching resources and on-line resources

A good  database of different American Lit resources

Internet Links for different teachers lesson plans

A good resource for literature and history

American literature and slavery; combines history

A good resource; fairly academic; good for teacher background/resource


Student Units
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A Multi-Media Approach to Teaching The Grapes of Wrath

A Separate Peace


On-line Literature




project gutenberg

onlinebooks.library [University of Pennsylvania]

electronic text center [University of Virginia]


humanities text initiative [University of Michigan]


athena: authors and text


the Internet classis archives [MIT]

mimi: American literature "e-text" [Keele University]


useful links: American literature [Keele University]



Electronic Literature Website [links to current on-line literature]

The English Server

Internet Poetry Archive

American Poetry

Project Gutenberg

Digital Library

Literature On-line

Yahoo literature sites

Bookrags [summaries and on-line texts]

Freebooknotes [summaries]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Digital Book Index

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts

Great Literature On-Line


Hyperizons: [hypertext Fiction]


KnowledgeRush book directory


The On-line Books Page

Other Women's Voices [women's writing before 1700]

Representative Poetry On-line

Short Stories

Classic short stories
classic short stories
the short story classics

Australian Broadcasting Corporation [audio stories]

Open Directory [short stories]

Sonnet Central

Turning the Pages on the web

The Victorian Women Writers Project

World Wide School

Awesome Library [organized by author; middle school literature]

The Reading Zone of the Internet Public Library

American literature links from different pages

American Literature and Culture

Crossroads: American literature hypertexts

Online American Literature Resources

American Literature to 1900

American Renaissance

About: Mark Twain

NCTE: The American Collection

ReadWriteThink lesson: Connotation, Character, and Color Imagery in The Great Gatsby

Lesson: The Red Badge of Courage as a New Form of Realism

Lesson: Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers

Lesson: Faulkner's As I Lay Dying : Form of a Funeral

Lesson: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury : Benjy's Sense of Time

Lesson: Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find": Who's the Real Misfit?

Lesson: Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

Lesson: Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's My Antonia

Lesson: Profiles in Courage: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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