Each volume in the Ready Readers series provides complete discussion notes for a collection of classic stories, including questions from the Socratic List on all major structural and stylistic elements:  Conflict, Plot, Characters, Setting, Theme, Context and Literary Devices. Each question is answered in full with references to the text. Ready Readers also provides completed story charts and a short author biography for each title. 

Want to see an example?  Click here to download our notes on The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare.

Ready Readers is based on the Teaching the Classics approach to reading, which involves working with stories at or below a student's reading level.  While the volumes in this series are appropriate to the reading level of a specific age group, they can be applied to grades at their reading level and up.


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Children's Literature, Vol. 1

The first volume in the Ready Readers series provides a discussion of ten children's picture books. Although the content is primarily useful as a tool for teaching K-3 students the basics of literary structure and style, it is also helpful for introducing older students to literary analysis at a more approachable level. 


Elementary Literature, Vol. 1

The second Ready Readers edition offers a complete Socratic discussion for five chapter books at a basic reading level. It is appropriate for upper level elementary students, and older students wishing to brush up on the basics of the Teaching the Classics method.


 Middle School Literature, Vol. 1

A prepared discussion of five works of juvenile literature including classic titles such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, this edition of Ready Readers is appropriate for the junior high level and above. 

  High School Literature, Vol. 1

Our new cover design displays the beautiful artwork of J. Renee Illustration. Jessica Johnson took her inspiration from the pages of The Great Divorce,and just as the brilliant little, red tour bus stands out as something solid and real in Lewis' ghostly world, we believe Socratic discussions such as those found in this book's pages will bring upper level students face-to-face with ideas that will clothe them in Solid Flesh.


The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia remain among the world’s most treasured books for readers young and old.  Now you can lead great discussions of these classics with ease.  Designed for use with the Teaching the Classics program, Ready Readers: The Chronicles of Narnia deals with each story separately, providing you with 7 ready-to-teach lessons in reading comprehension or literary analysis.