Literature Selections

My oldest son is moving toward literature analysis this school year.  We are using the book Figuratively Speakingto 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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