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Why teach Literature to high school students?

As C.S. Lewis eloquently puts it, "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."

The use of literture in today's classroom is more vital than it has ever been before.

Through Literature, students visit cultures impossible for them to experience themselves.

Through literature, students begin to understand what it must have been like to live in a particular time, under certain conditions and in different parts of the world.

The study of literature teaches critical-thinking and analytical skills.

Most importantly, understanding a story through the experiences of a character helps readers to empathize and reflect on how the impact of events, significant or otherwise, have on regular people just like them.

Literature enables students to gain a broad view of society, through the eyes of another.

Literature cultivates understanding and tolerance.

These values are more important in today's turbulent world than ever before!

Students may groan in the beginning at the mention of reading a piece of literature in your classroom, but don't despair. If you have chosen quality literature, it won't be long before you have to pry the book away from them at the end of the class period. I speak from experience!

Teaching with Literature is especially beneficial in a History classroom. It is always our hope that understanding the past does prevent us from repeating the mistakes of our ancestors.

However, more importantly, studying the past helps us value how attitudes have changed over time. This, in turn, encourages a deeper understanding of why we are who we are today.

There are many different methods to teaching with Literature. Each of the Literature Learning Packets offer a variety of instructional methods, creative ideas and classrooms activities.
As always, if you'd like to use a particular book and don't see it here, simply place an order with us and we will custom-create a unit which revolves around your chosen piece of literature.

Note: we are in the process of producing and uploading all of the Literature Learning Packets listed below. In addition, we will be adding more titles to the list very soon. We are working hard to ensure they are all available for free as soon as possible. If you need them immediately, however, you may place an order with us by following the links below to our Order Now page.

Click below to order a Literature Learning Packet:

Alicia: My Story

by Alicia Appleman-Jurman

All But My Life

by Gerda Weissman Klein

Daniel's Story

by Carol Matas

The Devil's Arithmetic

by Jane Yolen

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini


by Elie Wiesel

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

If you want to use a particular piece of Literature in your classroom and don't see it here, simply order a Learning Packet here for the book!

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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