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 BandMulti-Part
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted assistant Dr. Watson set out to investigate a woman's mysterious death.
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandMulti-Part
Travel along with young Alice as she journeys through the strange and mysterious world of Wonderland.
The Call of the WildMulti-Part
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 CountyThis 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 CarolMulti-Part
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 MagiThe Gift of the Magi is a Christmas story about a poor young couple who sacrifice their most valued possessions for each other, resulting in a typical O. Henry twist ending.
A Little PrincessMulti-Part
Sara is the richest girl at her London boarding school. But when tragedy strikes, she must spend her days working as a maid and her nights in the attic. Will her character and imagination see her through?
The Lumber-RoomYoung Nicholas escapes the watchful eye of his aunt and discovers the hidden wonders of the lumber-room.
The NecklaceMathilde 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 BridgeSet 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.
The RavenThis 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 CourageMulti-Part
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 Remarkable Case of Davidson's EyesThe Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes tells the story of Davidson, a scientist who sees an entirely different reality than his body experiences after a laboratory accident.
The Reluctant DragonMulti-Part
In The Reluctant Dragon, a young boy befriends a dragon. When St. George comes to slay the dragon, the boy must defend his new friend.
Through the Looking GlassMulti-Part
Travel along with young Alice as she journeys through a strange and mysterious looking-glass world.
To Build a FireMulti-Part
A man and a dog travel on the Yukon Trail in winter. When the man falls through the ice, he must stop and build a fire before he freezes.
The Velveteen RabbitThe 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 WillowsMulti-Part
Enjoy the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger, and troublemaking Toad in this classic tale set in the English countryside.
The Wonderful Wizard of OzMulti-Part
A cyclone carries a young girl from the Kansas prairie to the magical land of Oz. There, she journeys to the Wizard of Oz for a chance to return home.