Literature Guides

Teach generosity and philanthropy through shared reading

Learning to Give picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books below raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.

Why incorporate a Learning to Give literature guide? The shared experience of reading a book is powerful in many ways. We all learn reading, listening, and comprehension skills, while we laugh, cry, and celebrate the joys and sorrows that good literature present. We discuss real issues in a safe environment. We broaden our global perspective. We share closeness as we sit and talk together. Books stretch our minds with knowledge, understanding, and imagination.

Reading with someone younger or older is an opportunity for tutoring and for developing relationships and respect across generations or grade levels! 

PRE K-2 LITERATURE GUIDES


A Chair For My Mother

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Amazing Grace

Anna and Natalie

Bears Barge In

Before You Were Mine Literature Guide

Butter Battle Book

Coming to America

The Deliverance of Dancing Bears

Dog Heroes: Water Dogs

Dolphins on the Sand

Each Living Thing

Earth Mother

Gardener

Go Home James Literature Guide

Goose's Story Literature Guide

Hanni and Beth Literature Guide

A Home for Dakota Literature Guide

Humphrey the Lost Whale Literature Guide

Immigrant Kids

Jasper's Day Literature Guide

Julius: The Baby of the World

Just a Dream Literature Guide

Let's Get a Pup

Lorax

Magnus at the Fire

Miss Nelson is Missing Literature Guide

Miss Rumphius Literature Guide

Molly the Pony Literature Guide

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Literature Guide

Noisy Nora Literature Guide

Oh, the Pets You Can Get! Literature Guide

The Orphan Seal Literature Guide

The Rainbow Fish Literature Guide

In the Dog Park with Sam and Lucy Literature Guide

Sam and the Lucky Money Literature Guide

The Seven Chinese Brothers Literature Guide

The Sneetches Literature Guide

The Spirit of the Maasai Man Literature Guide

Swimmy Literature Guide

Tails Are Not For Pulling Literature Guide

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney Literature Guide

Two Bobbies Literature Guide

Uncle Jed's Barbershop Literature Guide

Wild Tracks! Literature Guide

The Wolves Are Back Literature Guide

The Other Side Literature Guide

GRADE K-3 LITERATURE GUIDES


Brand New Kid

Brave Norman

Buddy Unchained

Dog Heroes: Fire Dogs

 

TEEN LITERATURE GUIDES

The teen literature guides and book talks were created for the following titles by 11th grade students in Indiana.


The Hunger Games Literature Guide

Bonechiller Literature Guide

Divergent Literature Guide

The Darkest Path Literature Guide

Ender's Game Literature Guide

Twisted Literature Guide (1)

Twisted Literature Guide (2)

Shattering Glass Literature Guide

Before I Fall Literature Guide

Going Underground Literature Guide

The Juvie Three Literature Guide

Lockdown Literature Guide

Unwind Literature Guide

Peak Literature Guide

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Literature Guide

Before I Fall

 

Literature Guides for Teen Novels

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Literature Guides for Teen Novels

Search for a literature guide from our collection of 14 teen novel titles.

Literature Guides for Picture Books

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Literature Guides for Picture Books

Search for a literature guide from our collection of over 50 picture book titles. Several have Spanish versions. Great for parents, classroom literature discussions, and reading buddies of any age.

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Issue-Related Lesson Plans, Community Resources, and Project Ideas

Browse the topics below to help your planning. Each Issue Area colored block below contains related K-12 lesson plans to build knowledge, community connections, and empathy.

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These resources are for adults who want to teach youth about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Use these activities to build a culture of cooperation and service while learning about civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making.

Briefing Papers provide teachers and middle and high school students, as well as nonprofit professionals, abbreviated snapshots of significant concepts, people, and organizations related to philanthropy.

Our picture book and teen novel guides combine selected literature with thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and civic engagement. The featured books raise issues like respect, caring, giving, honoring diversity, adversity, helping others, fairness, responsibility, trustworthiness, and citizenship.