Fiction Links

There are many more on elements of fiction under specific headings in Topics. A Fiction page will be developed in much more detail. JW 2007

High School Literature

Literary Elements | Themes/Genre & Genre Study | General Literature | English Literature Resources | American Literature Resouces | Mythology Resources | Specific Authors - Resources | Shakespeare Resources | Specific Works | Criticisms

The resources presented are organized into more manageable groupings to reduce search time. The order of the sources has been assembled with the idea that the early secondary classrooms will focus on the genre, elements, themes, and methods of literature. The broad categories of American and English Literature are presented next, followed by specific authors, topics, and works. However, if you are searching for a specific author or work, it may be cited in both the broad and a more specific category. While this has been organized to meet the content and focus of the secondary classroom, some middle school resources have been included because of their appropriateness to the secondary level literature class. If this is not the curricular organization you follow, you will need to look carefully at all of the resources and determine their appropriateness to your school’s literature planning guide.

Literary Elements

Basic Literary Terms

a power point presentation on the definitions of the elements of fiction

Character Analysis

worksheet developed by a ninth grade teacher

Dialogue Analysis

worksheet for teaching the basic characteristics of dialogue

Elements of Drama

definitions of drama terms

Elements of Fiction

definitions of literary terms

Elements of Fiction

definitions of the fundamental parts of fiction

Elements of Literary Analysis

more definitions of literary terms

How to research a literary work for analysis

a power point presentation for secondary level

Outline on Literary Elements

an extensive discussion of the elements of fiction from U of South Florida

Rubric on Analysis of Short Story

useful assessment tool

Teaching the thinking skill of compare and contrast

lesson plan for teaching comparison/contrast paper

What Makes a Good Short Story?

Interactive lesson plan that explores the elements of a short story (based on "A Jury of Her Peers," by Susan Glaspell. Annenburg Project)

Themes /Genre & Genre Study

The literary link

- a concise description of the common themes found in literature.

General Literature

Athena - Electronic Authors and Texts

A large collection of electronic texts including literature, philosophy, history, science and arts. Browsable by author.


Free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts, contemporary articles and interviews, study guides, and resources.

Internet Classics Archives

Full etext of numerous Greco-Roman authors from Aeschylus and Cesear to Virgil and Xenophon. Site from MIT

Lesson Plans Library a great collection of high school (and some middle school) lit. lesson plans that include objectives, materials, procedures, evaluations, audio vocabulary, links, and much more—including suggestions for adaptating works for older or younger audiences.

SAC LitWeb - Produced by the Department of English at San Antonio University, this site provides info. and links to sites regarding major literary figures. There are outlines based on particular areas, such as Mexican-American literature, Women's literature, British literature, and a Survey of World Literature.

Sonnet Central

an archive of English sonnets, commentary, and relevant web links and a forum for poets to share and discuss their own work. Sonnets are grouped by period below and can also be accessed quickly via an alphabetical list of authors or the java navigation page. All of the sonnets included here (as well as most of those that are linked) are modernized texts for the general reader and are not presented for purposes of scholarly work.

Spark Notes

Free on-line study guides to one hundred pieces of classic literature. Each one has sections on characters, context, chapter by chapter summaries, and study questions. Created by Harvard University students.

This Day in Literary History

This site provides historic events and facts for today's date in history.

Virtual English

Two high school students’ website that is a collection of art, authors’ bios, and student essays on various works: novels, poems, short stories, non-fiction. Includes To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Death of a Salesman, Native Son, etc

English Literature Resources

English Literature on the Web

Here you can locate hundreds of links organized in the following categories: General, British Authors, E-text Archives, Medieval (& Anglo-Saxon), 17th Century (& Renaissance), 18th Century (& Restoration), 19th Century (Romantics & Victorian), 20th Century

Luminarium: Anthology of Middle English Literature

Includes works by Chaucer, Gawain, Langland, Norwich, Kempe, Malory, Medieval Plays, and Lyrics

Luminarium: Early 17th Century English Literature

Includes works, essays, articles of writers, including James I, John Donne,Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, Edward, Lord Herbert of Chirbury, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, with links to Additional 17th-century Resources.

Modern English Collection

This heterogeneous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.

American Literature Resources

American authors on the web - 1550 - 1900

very extensive and wide-reaching resource

American Writers

C-Span has created an American writers site containing biographical information and literary excerpts from dozens of American writers from the 17th century to the present. The excerpts include a variety of critical and interpretation resources.


History of American Literature - Essays on the history of American literature

MIMI: American Literature E-Texts

This site lists American authors up to the end of the nineteenth-century, including Henry James.

Perspectives in American Literature

A research and reference guide—an excellent source for information on specific authors by period of American history from the Colonial Period to the Present. Additional information including obituaries for some authors, introductory essays for each period (e.g., Early 19th Century Transcendentalism, The Harlem Renaissance) and bibliographies.

Project CROW

(Course Resources On the Web)

website for American Literature surveys.

Writing Black

Literature and History written by and on African Americans organized by period beginning with "Early Colonial Life" and ending with "Recent Years."

Mythology Resources

Folklore and Mythology

An unbelievable collection of Electronic Texts of stories from around the world.

Mythology and Literature for High School Teachers from the U. of Virginia and supported by NEH

useful links to stories, plays, images and history

Specific Authors - Resources

Jane Austen Information Page

plenty of personal history and analyses of her works

Bronte Sisters

designed and maintained by Eagle Intermedia Publishing Ltd.

Stephen Crane

Washington State University’s site with links for exploring the life and works of the author

F.Scott Fitzgerald

information has been compiled by U. of South Carolina

William Faulkner

Faulkner - This site provides shortcuts to specific works of Faulkner, biographical information, and audio recordings of Faulkner reading his works by the U. of Mississippi

William Golding

Wikipedia’s easy-to-navigate site on the history, works, and life of Golding

Ernest Hemingway

a large selection of pictures, links, multi-media, and information about Hemingway’s works and life.

Aldous Huxley

a look at the hypnotic, intellectual, satirical, spiritual, and philosophical world of Huxley

Jack London

University of California Berkley’s examination of London

Toni Morrison

essays, bio, and reviews of the works and life of the author

George Orwell

Political Writings--website created in hopes of re-introducing Orwell to a wider readership

Edgar Allan Poe

Teachers will find a sample SOL lesson, an Online Quiz for students, and links to other Poe websites.

Henry David Thoreau

A Project of EcoTopia/USA honoring Thoreau as a hero of the American environment

Mark Twain

An annotated evaluation and links to nineteen websites for Mark Twain

Shakespeare Resources

Julius Caesar

This unit was designed for use with 10t and discussing character in a written composition, in discussing how decisions based on character move the plot of a drama forward, in speculating on leadership skills, and in searching for alternatives to violence in government leadership changeovers.

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet

an excellent, up-to-date annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources on the Internet

Research Guide for Shakespeare

University of West Georgia Library’s links to a multitude of Shakespeare sites

Shakespeare --Information on the works most commonly encountered in a K-12 curriculum using materials geared to high school and introductory college level students. Also included is a set of links to related sources dealing with the English monarchy and life and customs in Elizabethan England

Shakespeare Analysis

lesson plan for teaching the Shakespearean sonnet

Shakespeare: Authorship Page

Site dedicated to the proposition that “Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare”

Shakespeare - Chill With Will, ThinkQuest

an overview on Shakespeare that is both easy to go through yet thoroughly researched, conveniently accessible, and full of illustrations and games to make learning about Shakespeare enjoyable. Focus is not on students learning everything about the great Bard but on discovering different aspects of Shakespeare that appeal to teenagers

Shakespeare Homework Helper

created to help students and parents learn more about Shakespeare and finish that homework that is due in a couple of days.

Shakespeare's Monologues

The links above lead to a list of the plays categorized alphabetically by comedy, history and tragedy. Each entry includes the character's name, the first line of the speech, is marked as verse or prose and gives the location within the play where the monologue is found. Each entry includes a link to the full text of the scene in which the monologue is found.

Shakespeare: Theme Page

Students and teachers will find curricular resources about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials for teachers

Teaching Shakespeare

Explore the Folger's innovative site for teachers with monthly postings of new lesson plans and ideas for using the Folger's collection of primary sources on specific plays or topics. The site also includes a forum for sharing your ideas or seeking assistance from teachers nationwide.

You Kiss The Book

Romeo and Juliet This lesson plan complements study of plot and characterization in Romeo and Juliet by focusing on Shakespeare's use of lyric forms and conventions to spotlight moments in the drama and thereby heighten the impact of the action on the stage.

Specific Works

1984—Summaries and interpretations

Spark Notes - The Awakening

The Awakening - Lessons and Resources

Catch 22 - a study guide

Catcher in the Rye - Praises and Criticisms

A student study guide

The Death of a Salesman - a study guide

Ethan Frome - a study guide

The Grapes of Wrath - summary and analysis

Great Expectations - a study guide

The Great Gatsby - From the Literature Network - an overview, e-text, and author's connection with his characters.

The Study World - Study Notes for Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - a study guide

The Joy Luck Club—Sparks Notes

The Lord of the Flies - a study Guide

Night - a study guide

The Odyssey

Of Mice and Men - student survival guide

A student study guide

Pride and Prejudice

Romeo and Juliet - a study guide

A Separate Peace - A Study Guide

The Tale of Two Cities

The Things They Carried—Study guide

To Kill A Mockingbird

A Streetcar Named Desire - a study guide

Wuthering Heights—Sparks notes


A-Z by author or title - novel studies is the premier free source for literary analysis on the web. We provide an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary literature.

The English Server

Links to critical essays of English authors.

Literature Notes, Literature Classics, Study Guides, Online Textbooks

Online Literary Criticisms- Shakespeare

Online Literary Criticisms of American and English Literature

Internet Public Library - 4637 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.