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.
Basic Literary Terms
a power point presentation on the definitions of the elements of fiction
worksheet developed by a ninth grade teacher
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.
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
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/lit.html- 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.
http://www.accd.edu/sac/english/bailey/litindex.htm - 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(Course Resources On the Web)
website for American Literature surveys.
Literature and History written by and on African Americans organized by period beginning with "Early Colonial Life" and ending with "Recent Years."
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
designed and maintained by Eagle Intermedia Publishing Ltd.
Washington State University’s site with links for exploring the life and works of the author
information has been compiled by U. of South Carolina
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
Wikipedia’s easy-to-navigate site on the history, works, and life of Golding
a large selection of pictures, links, multi-media, and information about Hemingway’s works and life.
a look at the hypnotic, intellectual, satirical, spiritual, and philosophical world of Huxley
University of California Berkley’s examination of London
essays, bio, and reviews of the works and life of the author
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
An annotated evaluation and links to nineteen websites for Mark Twain
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
http://www.teachersfirst.com/shakespr.shtml --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
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.
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
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.
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. http://www.online-literature.com/fitzgerald/greatgatsby/
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
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
NovelGuide.com 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.