If you’ve got to put together your own literature program (like me) here are some things you may find handy:
Cute (font wise), simple list of genres for elementary levels, includes definition of each genre. Useful if you are putting together your own literature program so that you can expose your child to a variety of text types.
For religious homeschools, you can add in religious texts such as the Quraan, Ahadith, Bible, etc. to your genre list.
Basically what I do (to set up our reading program) is take a genre list and find free online resources for each genre. My kids keep a reading notebook and for each work that they read, I have them fill in an entry in their notebooks.
Comprehension question answers
Extra activity (hopefully fun) related to the reading.
In addition,I made a reading log to keep track of what is read.
At minimum this is what they do for reading. If I have time, I try to sit down and have them summarize what they read. But using the notebook and providing them with works really helps to make the reading time more independent.
Sources for Reading Material, by Genres
Find loads of online reading listed by genre from main lesson:
E-scraps: Autobiography, Personal Accounts, & Travel Narratives (includes autobiographies, lessons plans, and loads more resources for teaching about autobiographies and writing autobiographies.
BBC’s Famous People (great for younger kids)
Time for Kids – news stories, mini lessons, worksheet, and comp questions; grades K-6
General Kids’ Fiction
Storyline Online (online visual readings by authors/famous people); included are activities and study guides.
Kids Love a Mystery.com, lessons plans for teaching about mysteries as well as the history of mysteries–kids version (not a site for free mysteries, it just links to MysteryNet for kids mysteries reading material)
- Sci Fi Shorts (older kids)
Poetry-online.org, includes children’s poetry by famous authors as well as adult poetry.
Giggle Poetry – really fun looking site. Poetry forms to write your own poems as well as lessons.
Nursery Rhymes – links to sites with nursery rhymes
Islamic Poetry – Islam4Kids.com – 50 illustrated educational poems for Muslim children
These are just a few of the places I found, to get started. Insha Allah, I hope to add on more genres and resources in the future…………………