At Home Middle School (6th to 8th)
This website compiles free materials from various online sources into a complete language arts course that teaches literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. You will need to purchase or borrow a few novels required to complete the literature assignments.
CommonLit (3rd to 12th)
Each lesson on CommonLit includes a reading passage and accompanying question set. The lessons can be printed in worksheet form or completed and scored online. Homeschoolers must contact CommonLit to join, as the sign-up form on the website will not work without a school e-mail address.
Community Reading Project (3rd to 12th)
The tools on this website are designed to help older students with dyslexia and other reading challenges learn to read or improve their reading skills. There are online lessons in blending, phonics, spelling, grammar, fluency, and comprehension.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (K to 8th) C
Easy Peasy’s reading courses are based on classic literature, poetry, and short stories. They include comprehension questions, online activities, and printable worksheets.
Easy Peasy All-in-One High School (9th to 12th) C
Courses available are Literature & Composition, American Literature, British Literature, and Advanced Literature & Composition. The material is taught using a variety of online sources.
edX (10th to 12th)
EdX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT, offers several literature courses. The length and format vary from course to course, and availability changes periodically. The courses are free to audit, or certificates of completion are also available for a fee.
Khan Academy (2nd to 9th)
Khan’s reading and vocabulary courses include video lessons, reading passages, and comprehension questions. These courses are new and still in beta mode, so the content may change.
K12 Reader (K to 12th)
K12Reader offers a large selection of downloadable worksheets covering various reading skills, phonics, and literature. Weekly reading comprehension passages, which correlate with K12 reader’s spelling curriculum, are available for grades 1st through 5th.
Literature & Creative Writing (4th to 12th) C
This semester-long course combines classic literature and writing. Assignments, projects, and vocabulary are provided on the website, along with teaching podcasts for the parent. There are six lessons that are designed to cover one semester or about 12 weeks.
Modern States (10th to 12th)
Modern States courses prepare students to take College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Students can earn college credit through CLEP exams while still in high school, making college more accessible and affordable. There are courses available for American literature and English literature.
Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (9th to 12th)
These downloadable English courses are designed to help students with special needs succeed. The courses cover reading, literature, writing, and communication using downloadable student workbooks and teacher’s guides. Courses available are: English I, English II, English III, and English IV.
Read Theory (K to 12th)
This reading practice website starts students out with a placement test. Then, the student is given passages to read at their level. Based on how they answer the questions about the passage, their level will move slightly up or down. The site also keeps track of progress.
ReadWorks (K to 12th)
Readworks provides reading passages that can be sorted by reading level, topic, and text type. Each passage includes vocabulary words and comprehension questions.
Shakespeare Teaching Resources (K to 12th)
This post shares a list of resources for teaching Shakespeare’s works. It includes study guides, teacher’s guides, eBooks, audiobooks, videos, and more. Most of the resources are intended for high school aged students, but a few can be used to introduce young children to Shakespeare.
Sight Words (K to 3rd)
This website contains numerous resources for teaching sight words and phonemic awareness. There are lessons, flash cards, games, teaching tips, and more.
Stairway to Reading (K to 8th)
Stairway to Reading is a remedial reading program for students who have already received some reading instruction but are struggling with reading. However, with some adaptions, it can also be used with beginning readers. The program includes downloadable lessons, flashcards, games, reading material, and more.
Teach a Child to Read with Children’s Books (K to 2nd)
This downloadable guide shows parents how to combine story reading, phonics, and writing to help their children become skilled readers. You will need to purchase or borrow any books you choose to use.
The Ultimate Guide to Free Graded Readers (K to 8th) Some C, varies by book.
Contently Humble has compiled a list of 24 classic reader series, totaling over 200 books, available for free download. These books were published in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the many series include McGuffey, Elson, Treadwell, and Baldwin.
Under the Home (K to 5th)
Under the Home offers courses in phonics, reading, prose, Shakespeare, and poetry. The courses are based on classic public domain books, including McGuffey’s Readers. Some courses include printable workbooks.
Free Ebooks (Pre-K to 12th) Some C, varies by book
This blog post lists numerous sources of free Ebooks, which can be used as part of your literature or reading curriculum.
Free Audiobooks (Pre-K to 12th) Some C, varies by book.
This blog post lists numerous sources of free audiobooks, which can supplement your literature curriculum.
More Reading Curriculum
Free Phonics Curriculum (Pre-K to 12th)
On this page, you’ll find phonics curriculum for young students who are just beginning to read, as well as older ones who are struggling with reading.
Free Book Guides (Pre-K to 12th)
On this page, you’ll find free book guides and novel studies. While the guides are free, you will need to borrow or purchase the necessary books.
More Language Arts Curriculum
If you are looking for additional resources to complete your language arts program, visit this page. There are free curriculum options for grammar, composition, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and poetry.