Teaching authentic text is an important part of today's rigorous standards. The Classics collection from Reading A-Z provides an easy way to expose students to timeless novels, stories, and poetry in classic literature. Longer texts are broken into parts, which lets students approach novels in sections and allows flexibility when teaching.
Why Use Classics
The Classics collection allows students to engage with well-known titles and authors in literature. These complex texts present different perspectives with multiple layers of meaning and carefully crafted language to challenge and excite readers as they develop close reading and comprehension skills.
How to Use Classics
Longer classics are broken into multiple books, or parts, while shorter classics may only be a single book. Use the printable version of the books for independent or group reading. You can use the projectable book and tools to model strategies for small-group or whole-class instruction.
Worksheets, Discussion Cards, and a Lesson Plan accompany each Classic. Each part has its own Comprehension Quiz as well.
The Lesson Plan contains a summary of each part as well as suggested approaches to teaching specific skills and a list of vocabulary. The Lesson Plan's summaries can also provide a quick way to identify an excerpt to teach.
The Discussion Cards and Worksheets can help guide students' investigation of the text, and the Comprehension Quiz helps measure understanding.
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 Bridge
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.