Language Arts and Literature

Lit2Go, sponsored by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida, and funded by grants, is a free online assortment of novels, stories and poems in text format and in MP3 audio format.  Each passage indicates the year that it was published, the language, the country of origin, and the Flesch-Kincaid readability level.  Also included are the word count, the genre, and keywords for each passage.  The reading passages can be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use in the classroom.  The MP3 audio files are read by a person (not a computer) and are downloadable to iTunes or can be played directly from the screen.

Lit2Go has menus with links for works in the following categories:  author,  title, genre, reading level (1-12), or students can select from twenty different collections such as Sherlock Holmes stories, books about Oz, stories about mathematics or science, or poems for Poetry Month.  Genres include the following:  adventure, epic, essay, fable, fairy tale or folk tale, fantasy, gothic, historical fiction, history, horror, informational, memoir, mystery, nursery rhyme, philosophy, poetry, realism, romance, satire, science fiction, speech, and tragedy.

Over 188 authors are included, ranging from Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen, Jack London to Herman Melville, and Mary Shelley to William Shakespeare. For each author, there is a picture, a short biography, his or her nationality, the date of birth and death, and a link to citing the work for a bibliography.  Some authors' works include full novels plus passages from other works, with the date of publication and a short description of each.  There is also an indication regarding whether the work of literature is also found on iTunesU.

Lit2Go states that "A maximum of twenty-five (25) MP3 and/or text files may be used in any non-commercial, educational project (report, presentation, display, website, etc.) without special permission." 

This is an excellent resource for avid readers and for students who want to listen to the literary work as they read the text.  For example, there are four major works of Shakespeare available, allowing students to read and listen simultaneously.

*****/5 stars
Recommended for Grades 3-12+  

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