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Lit2Go is a library of fiction and nonfiction prose and poetry that can be used with K-12 language arts, English, history, and mathematics students. Selections are available as PDFs and MP3s. They can be read online or downloaded and printed, listened to online or downloaded and played back later. The site can be keyword searched or browsed by author, book, genre, collection, or readability (Flesch-Kincaid K-12). Many (334) selections have associated student activities. Search “student activity” to find them quickly.

  • After reading or listening to “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll, students (readability 1.5) characterize the Walrus and the Carpenter and explain why they think the setting was or was not important to the poem.
  • The poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer has a readability level of 5.3, but the audio makes it suitable for younger students, as would a teacher's reading. (There are a number of differences in the print and read versions for students to identify.) (The diction of this version ( PDF, 18.1 KB, 2 pgs.)as published in 1888  matches the reading.) Lit2Go doesn’t supply a lesson for the poem, but ReadWriteThink has one, Casey at the Bat, for grades 3-8.
  • In one of the historical resources, An Autobiographical Sketch by Abraham Lincoln, students (readability 8.6) read the sketch and create a timeline based on the events described in the passage. Here is the downloadable Student Activity ( PDF, 15.8 KB, 2 pgs).
  • In another, Civil Rights and Conflict in the United States: Selected Speeches, students (readability 7.3) read excerpts and complete speeches from Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Chief Joseph and others.
  • Twenty Talks to Teachers by Thomas E. Sanders was a professional development text published in 1908. Some of the author’s observations are still relevant, others will seem quaint.


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