American literature is a prerequisite class for garaduation almost unilaterally across the US. Everyone has to get through American lit either by struggling, strolling or striding. A basic grasp of literary constructs is necessary for almost any job or career. For the teacher who struggles to impart wisdom, meaning and life lessons in literature, it may be a matter of swimming upstream. You have the knowlege, the skills, the zeal, but other factors like funding cuts, out-moded texts, resistent students and the ubiquitous clock stealing time for real teaching prevent or impair American literature classrooms from being the places of learning they could be.
What educators need are teaching materials that put time at their disposal and don’t bleed money from the budget. This is possible by using the free printables on these sites. Let someone who has gone before eliminate some of the workload. Check out and print these American literature lesson plans, activities, games, graphic organizers, puzzles, book report designs, character webs, etc. The materials can be printed free of cost. You may need to create a user ID but you will not have to pay anything to use these American literature websites. Oh and these sites are not just for high-school activities. You’ll find elementary and even some college applications.
Happychild comes to us from the UK and like so many of the British sites has a very multi-cultural flavor. I am an admitted ‘brit-o-phile’ and tend to regard more highly anything from GB.
Gradebook is a .org site and that to me is a symbol of quality, professionalism and generosity. Decades of quality teaching goes into the creation of these lessons, activities, games and learning tools. You’ll find a plethora of lesson plans and not exclusively just American literature.
Education Atlas is a clearinghouse of sites ot explore. There are so many lesson plans, activities and ideas stuffed on this site that it would take days to explore them all. This site features K-12 lessons.
Lesson plan pages Another site jammed with free resources that you can print off and use tomorrow in your home-school or classroom.
Lesson plan search Get your mouse ready for action with this collection of free printable activities. Share this one with your colleagues in different disciplines for a team approach to lessons.
With these useful links at your fingertips, you’ll have a virtual toolbox for all your literature units, themes and lessons. Print off some activities for your American literature class or home-school today.