To meet today's rigorous standards, students need to read more and more complex authentic texts. With this Classics collection, students can engage with famous authors, stories, and poems in literature. Shorter texts are contained in a single book, while longer texts are presented in multiple books, or parts, to allow for flexibility in the instructional approach.
Why Use Classics
The authentic texts in classic literature open up new worlds to students. These books allow students to explore complex new perspectives and language they might not encounter on their own. Through this exploration, students learn to dive deep into a text to discover multiple layers of meaning and to develop comprehension and close reading skills that help them become college and career ready.
How to Use Classics
Shorter classics may be contained to a single book, or part, while longer Classics are presented in multiple parts. Use the printable versions of the books for independent or group reading. To discuss specific sections of books in-depth or model close reading skills, you can use the projectable book and tools.
Each Classic comes with a collection of instructional resources:
- Lesson Plan – Each Lesson Plan contains a summary of each part as well as vocabulary words and instructional approaches to teach specific skills or explore the text in more depth.
- Worksheets – The Worksheets provide exercises and graphic organizers to deepen students' comprehension of the text and to practice certain skills.
- Discussion Cards – The Discussion Cards promote critical thinking, collaboration, and discussion within small group or whole class discussion. Each card is tagged with a specific skill, and many questions are also text dependent.
- Comprehension Quizzes – Each part of a Classic has its own Comprehension Quiz, which allows students to demonstrate their understanding.
Have students read independently and take the quizzes or quiz for an entire Classic or an individual part using the Assign functionality. Students will see their assignments in the "Reading Assignments" section on Kids A-Z.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted assistant Dr. Watson set out to investigate a woman's mysterious death.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Travel along with young Alice as she journeys through the strange and mysterious world of Wonderland.
The Call of the Wild
Buck the dog is stolen from his California home and made to work as a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush. Does he have what it takes to survive?
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
This story-within-a-story features a man who loves to gamble on just about anything, and tells how he and his prized jumping frog are tricked by a man who loves to win.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol tells the story of one man's transformation after being shown his past, present, and future. This leads to his discovery of the true spirit of Christmas.
The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi is a Christmas story about a poor young couple who sacrifice their most valued posessions for each other, resulting in a typical O. Henry twist ending.
Mathilde Loisel is pretty, but she longs to be wealthy. She borrows an expensive diamond necklace from a friend to wear to a ball, then loses it.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Set during the Civil War, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge describes the experiences of a Confederate sympathizer who is about to be hanged by the Federal army.
This classic American poem by Edgar Allan Poe tells the tale of a young man who is confronted by a raven as he agonizes over the loss of his beloved Lenore.
The Red Badge of Courage
When young Henry Fleming joins the Union Army to fight in the U.S. Civil War, he soon learns that his greatest enemy may be his own fear.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a toy animal's longing to become real and how unconditional love helps him to understand what that means.
The Wind in the Willows
Enjoy the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger, and troublemaking Toad in this classic tale set in the English countryside.