Free English Curriculum Literature Sites Help Build Your Homeschool

Having a page full of free English curriculum literature sites makes it that much easier for you to pick and choose the literature units for your teenager.

Especially in the 9th and 10th grades, the literary choices are almost the same, except for the Shakespeare plays, so if you would like to mix and match them, it will accomplish the same goal.

One of my goals is to provide your teenager with a diverse choice in literature for her enrichment and education. Once you are finished viewing this free English curriculum literature page, you can click on the freshman link for the rest of the English assignments.

While my goal is to provide parents with free, but quality educational sources, I would strongly recommend buying a Kindle reader for all the books you will be downloading throughout your teenager’s studies in her free English Curriculum.

First, because of its portability, it frees up the home computer for other uses.

It allows her to read in a quiet area in the house.Your teenager can read in her own bed, in the car, outside under a shady tree, or even at the beach like I do sometimes.

Second, even though it has Wi-Fi, downloading to other sites is slow, so there will be less temptation to stray during her reading time. Many of the books for this free English curriculum literature are on the Amazon website, which makes for easy downloading.

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There are other readers available, but when I bought the Kindle, I did a complete study of the choices and preferred this one. Finally, an electronic reader saves money and space.

You won’t have dozens of books lying around the house, and the cost of purchasing new books (if you can’t find them free) will be greater than the cost of the Kindle. Oh, and if you have to buy the book, buy a Kindle book--they're cheaper. 

So what if you still want free? Amazon has a free reader app so you can download the books on any home computer. While the books do not take up much space, if hard drive space is an issue, you also can download them onto Amazon's Cloud Reader, but you’’ll only be able to read them with an internet connection.

Making Your Free English Curriculum Literature choices 

Since you are a homeschooling parent, it doesn't matter what literature you teach your children so long as they learn to identify the basic elements of a short story, a novel, a play, and poems.

As your guide, I want to give you choices that will make your schooling simpler, but I also want it to be  a better, higher quality experience than many other curriculum choices.

However, including these traditional selections will make it easier to find support materials that will enrich your teenager's understanding of the literature. 

Mythology and Folklore Units

Here is a link to 10 popular  mythology stories that also includes some study materials and background materials. The Odyssey, also should be read in conjunction with this material. This site has highlight buttons that give glossary and readers' notes. Here is more study material for The Odyssey

Here is a link to 12 Grimm fairy tales in the original 1914 translation. These aren't meant for younger children. 

Here is a website that has folklore tales from all 50 states  in America. Most of the are short (about 150 words), so I would suggest reading at least 20 or more. Choose stories from at least two or three states. 

Essay suggestions: 

  1. After reading at least six of the Grimm fairy tales, write an five-paragraph analysis identifying at least three plot construction similarities found in each one. Support the thesis with a minimum of three examples from the stories. You must cite examples from all of the tales. 

  1. After reading at least six of the myths, what seems to be the most common lesson that the Greek myths are trying to teach. Do you think that the myths are convincing? Explain why, citing examples from all of the myths, or why not they are effective.

Free English Curriculum Literature: Plays, Novels, and Poems

Here are my choices of plays for your free English curriculum literature. Choose either the traditional Romeo and Juliet or A Midsummer's Night Dream. These are support materials for them: support material for Romeo and Juliet and support material for A Midsummer's Night Dream


 Choose at least two of these novels: 

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens,   

Please note: I've tried to choose free books, but finding a quality book with a study guide is a challenge. However, these listed are the lowest priced books I could find. Send me a note if you find something lower, and I'll change my listing. Thanks. There are many free books for Kindles on Amazon; these are my choices as I've read all of these and can guarantee they are quality, worthwhile reads. 

Here is a site that has many free english curriculum literature study guides for many of these books. These include questions for the chapters, as well as essay suggestions. 

Studying at least six of Shakespeare's sonnets will help your teenager to understand the characteristics of a poem.

Click on free English curriculum literature to return to the Freshman page.

Click on this link to visit the Sophomore (10th) English page.

Click here if you would like to visit the Junior (11th) English page. 

Note: You will be able to click here for the Senior (12th) English page when it is built. Thank you for your patience.

Clicking, Printing, and Filing

I suggest that you prepare for these free English Curriculum literature units ahead of time.  Buy (I do try to avoid that word.) a box of paper, ink cartridges, and  file folders.

Once you go to a site that has the materials you want, print up the questions, essay prompts, that you want, and put it in a file folder.

 I would think that going back and forth finding a website or even scrolling your bookmarks, getting paper, printing, then, searching through the folders, and refilling, would waste time.

An efficient file folder label should have  the grade level, subject, and then the

topic. It should look like this: 9th, English, Literature .

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