Leapin' Into Lit

Looking for new ways to engage your students in literature, especially with classics that might seem old and outdated? In this secondary English Language Arts blog hop, the Literary League showcases resources that can be used with any literary text, time after time, year after year.Here at the Literary League, we’re a group of English teachers who truly love literature (we bet you already figured that part out). Given free time, we can all agree that there’s nothing better than leaping into a good book. But, even as avid readers, we have to admit that those spare minutes tend to be few and far between, especially during the school year, and there are times that we just have to …
  • leap into a book recommended by a friend, a colleague, or especially a student, who is anxiously awaiting our review
  • leap into a new novel we’re teaching, whether or not we’ve had time to fully prepare a complete unit
  • leap into a classic, maybe not one of our favorites, but something we know students need to sit with in order to grow as a reader
For those instances, the Literary League is teaming up to share some of our favorite resources to help you Leap into Literature. These are resources that are not tied to a particular book, but ones that can be used over and over again, both with your favorite novels, as well as with new texts or classic pieces you’re trying to breathe new life into.

A favorite resource I use to engage my students in literature is this Reading Connections Foldable. This interactive resource gives your students a new way to respond to a text. It's a great way for students to think beyond regular chapter questions and look deeper into the characters, setting or theme of a novel.

How can you use this with your students?
  1. Use this reading foldable as an addition to a current interactive notebook or take this as an opportunity to start a new one!
  2. Use the different foldables as a comprehension challenge for early finishers.
  3. Instead of chapter questions, use the foldable to evaluate comprehension and to promote deeper thinking.
You can read about other engaging literature resources from the other Literary Leaguers linked up below and also enter in the rafflecopter below for a chance to win them all.


  1. My students and I LOVE foldables! This is perfect not only for any ELA class but for a learning strategies class too! Thanks!


  2. This is a GREAT resource! My students have always struggled with making connections to what they have read. I love that you have created such a student friendly way for them to tackle making connections! :)

  3. My students LOVE this foldable (we used it with A Midsummer Night's Dream), and it helps them deepen their analyses. Thank you!