Online Literature

Extending Your Reading

This is a list of classic literature you can read online from any device. Each of the stories or books listed below are linked directly to the text. All of these texts are enhancements to our current curriculum. You might think The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland are for younger readers, but they’re not. They are actually an appropriate challenge for you, and they’re very well written might I add.

Create a Learning Experience for Yourself

As we do in the classroom on a regular basis, you can take the time to engage yourself in your reading by applying your Active Reading Strategies. You could create annotations (if you print some pages up), generate chapter summaries, writing a list of new names for each chapter that summarizes the events of the chapter, creating a character change graphic organizer, a plot diagram,… the list goes on and on.

Read for pleasure. Interact with text for meaning. It makes the process and experience, not just a task. What you read and how you read it is up to you.

Intro to Dystopian  Literature

Passage #1:  An Introduction to Dystopian Literature, Shelby Ostergaard

Passage #2: Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut

Passage #3: The Lottery, Shirley Jackson

Best Short Stories for Middle School (Chosen by teachers)

  1. Seventh Grade by Gary Soto
  2. Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes
  3. Everyday Use” by Alice Walker
  4. Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl
  5. One Friday Morning by Langston Hughes
  6. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez
  7. Charles by Shirley Jackson
  8. Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman
  9. Names/Nombres by Julia Alvarez
  10. To Build a Fire by Jack London
  11. The Fly by Katherine Mansfield
  12. Rules of the Game by Amy Tan
  13. Liars Don’t Qualify by Junius Edwards
  14. The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty
  15. Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe
  16. The Friday Everything Changed“ by Anne Hart
  17. The Scholarship Jacket by Marta Salinas
  18. Amigo Brothers by Piri Thomas
  19. Wildflower by Amrita Pritam
  20. The Years of My Birth by  Louise Erdrich
  21. The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
  22. The Fun They Had by Issac Asimov
  23. Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
  24. A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
  25. Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros
  26. Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes
  27. Believing in Brooklyn” by Matt de la Pena (link is to collection where story can be found)
  28. Valediction” by Sherman Alexie
  29. Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid
  30. When I Lay My Burden Down” by Maya Angelou
  31. All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury
  32. The Medicine Bag” by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
  33. Stop the Sun” by Gary Paulsen
  34. Mother and Daughter” by Gary Soto
  35. The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe
  36. The Hitchhiker” by Lucille Fletcher


Classic Literature Online

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
The Road to Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Sylvie and Bruno

The Hunting of the Snark
Through The Looking Glass

Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Assignation
The Tell-Tale Heart
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains