Literature Selections

My oldest son is moving toward literature analysis this school year.  We are using the book Figuratively Speaking to guide our literature choices.  This is his reading list this year:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Autumn Within
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Rainy Day
Edgar Guest – Home
Ralph Waldo Emerson – The Concord Hymn
Clement Clarke Moore – Twas the Night Before Christmas
T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land
Li Po – Taking Leave of a Friend
Carl Sandburg – Jazz Fantasia
Emily Dickinson’s – She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms
Tewa Indian poem –  The Song of the Sky Loom
Sarah Josepha Hale – Thirty-Five
Emily Dickinson – There is a Solitude of Space
Emily Dickinson – Much Madness is Divinist Sense
Emily Dickinson – My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close
John Donne – Death Be Not Proud
Emily Dickenson –The Grass so little has to do
Robert Frost – Mending Wall
Robert Frost – Home Burial
Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost – Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
Edgar Allen Poe – The Raven listen at
Edgar Allan Poe – The Bells
Henry Longfellow – The Wreck of Hesperus
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Hayloft
Walt Whitman – I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing
Oliver Wendall Holmes – The Chambered Nautilus
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow –  The Arsenal at Springfield
Ralph Waldo Emerson – Concord Hymn
Henry Timrod – Ode to the Confederate Dead
Walt Whitman – Read Beat! Beat! Drums
John Greenleaf Whittier – Hampton Beach
James Russell Lowell – The First Snowfall
Sidney Lanier – The Marshes of Glynn
Stephen Crane – War is Kind
Anne Bradstreet – Upon the Burning of Our House
Edward Taylor – God’s Determinations
Carl Sandburg – Early Moon
Edgar Allen Poe – Annabel Lee
Elizabeth Coatsworth – Swift Things are Beautiful
Matsuo Basho haikus
Adelaid Crapsey cinquains
John Skelton – Skeltonic verses
Alfred Lord Tennyson – The Princess
GK Chesterton – Lepanto
Vachel Lindsay – The Congo
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Sound of the Sea
William Jay Smith – Seal
Native American poem- Hunting Song
Louis Carroll – Jabberwocky
Hark the Herald Angels Sing lyrics
Go Tell Aunt Rhody lyrics
Eugene Field – The Duel
Mother Goose rhymes
Gelett Burgess- An Alphabet of Famous Goops
William Cullen Bryant – Thanatopsis listen at
John Masefield – Sea Fever listen at
Rudyard Kipling – Recessional listen at
Emily Dickinson – There Is No Frigate Like a Book
T.S. Eliot – Preludes
Walt Whitman – Song of the Redwood Tree
Short Stories
Hans Christen Andersen  – Something
Mary Pope Osborne – American Tall Tales (Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill)
Mark Twain – A Story Without an End
O’Henry – The Cop and the Anthem
Margery William – The Velveteen Rabbit
Aesop’s Fable  – The Mice in Council
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Dr Heidegger’s Experiment
Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont – Beauty and the Beast
James Hurst – The Scarlet Ibis
Guy de Maupassant – The Necklace
Thomas Jefferson – Declaration of Independence
Chief Joseph’s speech- I Will Fight No More Forever
Abraham Lincoln – The Gettysburg Address
Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
Frederick Douglass – Untie His Hands listen to a portion at

Norton Juster – The Phantom Tollbooth
Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island

John Steinbeck – The Red Pony
Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book
Edward Lear – The Book Of Nonsense
Edward Lear –The Owl And The Pussy-Cat
Anna Sewell – Black Beauty
Read Alouds
Mary Mapes Dodge –  Hans Brinker; Or, the Silver Skates
George Orwell – Animal Farm
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown (short story)
Frances Hodgson Burnett  – Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett Little Lord Fauntleroy
Old English poem  – The Ruin
Shakespeare’s Animated Tales – Hamlet
Shakespeare’s Animated Tales – MacBeth
Shakespeare’s Animated Tales – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
We are using Figuratively Speaking for two school years.  These literature selections will take us approximately through half of the book.


  1. Thanks for your reply.Have you finished the whole Figurative Speaking book in just two years?Did you buy this book from Canada?If so,through which book store in Toronto?
    Thanks for your great Blog!!!

  2. I really LOVE your blog!
    A question that have you compiled this list for Grades 5-8?and Are you planning to buy all these stuff or can get these books along Figurative Speaking book from your Town libraries?

  3. I use the Figuratively Speaking book to supplement our literature program. It is fabulous!

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