Focus on Learning Links Educational Publisher

Founded in 1976, Learning Links is the brainchild of Joyce Friedland and Rikki Kessler. As reading teachers in a prestigious Long Island school district, they decided that real literature, not basals or skills lessons, should become the core of their reading program. To do so, they created study guides to accompany the literature. Novel-Ties was their unique method of incorporating literature into the curriculum. At first, using Novel-Ties only in their own classrooms, Joyce and Rikki soon realized that other teachers wanted these guides for differentiated instruction with several novels or whole-class study of a single novel.

From its initial advertisement in 1981, when it offered only twelve study guides,
Learning Links now publishes over 600 Novel-Ties study guides. In fact, Learning Links provides everything teachers need for literature-based reading programs – books, study guides, audios, videos and more. From humble beginnings, and with very hard work, Joyce and Rikki steered the business to its present status as a major bookseller to schools in the United States and abroad.

Staying close to the teachers who keep their business growing, Joyce and Rikki continue to select new study guide titles and develop book collections based on teacher requests online and at the professional conferences they attend as exhibitors.

Learning Links demonstrates its commitment to the best in literature for children and young adults by developing and offering to educators around the world the teaching tools that make literature accessible to students.

New Books from Learning Links/Novel-Ties

Sounder: A Novel-Ties Study Guide (Enhanced eBook)

This Novel-Ties study guide accompanies Sounder, a Newbery Medal winner. This book is about an African-American boy who finds solace in his dog Sounder when his father is arrested for stealing food for his starving family.

This Novel-Ties guide is a teacher/student literature unit organized in chapter-by-chapter format. There are pre-reading activities, vocabulary activities, comprehension questions, writing activities, literary devices, graphic organizers, cross-curricular connections, and post-reading activities. A summary and answer key are provided for the teacher.

The Novel-Ties study guide for Sounder is great for guided reading, differentiated reading, and literature sets.

This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, extract or rotate pages, and edit the contents of the file.

Publisher: Learning Links/Novel-Ties
Product ID: LGLS0198I
Grade(s): 6 - 9
Level(s): Middle School, High School
ISBN (Physical Book): 9780881221305
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 2)

More new ebooks from Learning Links/Novel-Ties.

New Books from Secondary Solutions

1984 Literature Guide

This 1984 Literature Guide from Secondary Solutions boasts 200 pages of Common Core State ELA Standards and NCTE/IRA Standards-Based, practical, and ready-to-use lessons for teaching Orwell's 1984 in 10th through 12th grade. This 1984 Literature Guide includes: Notes and Questions on Genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Dystopia, Historical Context notes and Questions on Propaganda and Censorship, Specific Standards Focus Activities every two chapters including focus on Author's Purpose, Social and Historical Influences, Themes of Mind Control and Psychological Manipulation, Symbolism, Imagery, Characterization, Political Approach, Mood, Comparing Literary Works, Literary Archetypes, Character Development, Analyzing Quotations and Character Development, Specific Assessment Preparation Activities every two chapters with focus on Word Origins, Spelling, Punctuation, and Capitalization, Vocabulary in Context, Sentence Structure, Precise Word Choice, Modifying Nouns and Pronouns, Analogies, Verbs and Verbals, Complements, and Word Roots, reading and vocabulary Quizzes, Tests and more with Complete Answer Key.

Publisher: Secondary Solutions
Product ID: SSSLG20503
Grade(s): 10 - 12
Level(s): High School
ISBN (Physical Book): 9780984520503
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1)

More new ebooks from Secondary Solutions

Journey to Jo'burg

Journey to Jo'burg: A Novel-Ties Study Guide Journey to Jo'burg: A Novel-Ties Study Guide


This Novel-Ties study guide accompanies Journey to Jo'burg, the story of Naledi and her brother who go to Johannesburg to find Mma. They learn firsthand about the painful struggle for freedom that is taking place there.

This Novel-Ties guide is a teacher/student literature unit organized in chapter-by-chapter format. There are pre-reading activities, vocabulary activities, comprehension questions, writing activities, literary devices, graphic organizers, cross-curricular connections, and post-reading activities. A summary and answer key are provided for the teacher.

The Novel-Ties study guide for Journey to Jo'burg is great for guided reading, differentiated reading, and literature circles.

Publisher: Learning Links/Novel-Ties
Product ID: LGLS1066
Grade(s): 4 - 7
Level(s): Intermediate
ISBN (Digital Book): 9780767544214
ISBN (Physical Book): 9780767509527
Whiteboard Compatible: Yes (Level 1

Study Guides by Saddleback Educational Publishing

Classic Literature Study Guides by Saddleback Educational Publishing



Saddleback Educational Publishing produces a wonderful variety of study guides for classic literature - their Timeless Classics series - that provide teachers a solid starting point to engage students in these important literary works. Thirty-five reproducible activities per guide reinforce basic reading and comprehension skills while teaching higher-order critical thinking. Also included are teaching suggestions, background notes, summaries, and answer keys.

Each enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more. Here are just a few of the titles that are available:


The Red Badge of Courage Study Guide


A Tale of Two Cities Study Guide


The Three Musketeers Study Guide


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Study Guide


War of the Worlds Study Guide


White Fang Study Guide


See the entire Timeless Classics Literature Study Guide series here.


Specials on June Activities, Literature Guides, and Math Skills


Beowulf: LitPlan Teacher Pack Beowulf: LitPlan Teacher Pack


A foundation of materials for teaching a work of literature, LitPlan Teacher Packs™ from Teacher's Pet Publications have everything you need for a complete unit of study. Download, print, and teach. Developed and used by respected teaching professionals, these manuals incorporate the IRA/NCTE standards with practical, proven methods of teaching and assessing students' learning on a variety of levels. The straight-forward format of the manuals makes them useful for whole-class book study, lit circles or book groups, tutoring, and independent study projects. Includes study questions, quizzes, unit tests, daily lessons, vocabulary, writing assignments, activities and games, review materials, and more materials than you will be able to use in one unit - all organized, planned, and ready-to-teach.
Publisher: Teacher's Pet Publications
Product ID: TPP224D Grade(s): 9 - 12 Level(s): High School ISBN: 1583374337

Book Cooks Book Cooks


26 Step-by-Step Recipes Inspired by Favorite Children's Books Book Cooks includes 26 easy-to-follow recipes - one for each letter of the alphabet - inspired by favorite childrenÕs books. Each recipe includes an original poem, chant, or song that helps children learn valuable language skills. This resource also features literature synopses, additional related literature titles, step-by-step recipe cards, and over 50 creative cross-curriculum activities. No heat source required!
Publisher: Creative Teaching Press
Product ID: CTP2270 Grade(s): K - 1 Level(s): Primary ISBN: 9781591987693 ISBN (Physical Book): 9781574717921

Britannica Guide to Genetics Britannica Guide to Genetics


The Britannica Guide to Genetics is the ideal companion for students or general popular science readers who wish to know the facts behind the latest research and discoveries. After the Introduction from bestselling science writer and geneticist Steve Jones the book covers the entire history of genetics from Gregor Mendel's first experiments with peas at the end of the nineteenth century to the announcement of the Human Genome Project in 1998. Throughout the twentieth century new discoveries about the qualities of our genes have been heralded as essential leaps of progress in modern science forcing us to ask how much do our genes determine our personalities? What makes us different from other species? But as we enter the twenty-first century and we have begun to manipulate genes and the genome the questions have changed.
Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica
Product ID: ECB9781593398514 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781593398514 ISBN (Physical Book): 9781845299446

Daily Warm-Ups: Language Skills Grade 2 Daily Warm-Ups: Language Skills Grade 2


Quick, easy, effective activities support standards and help students improve skills they need for success in testing. Sound too good to be true? Not at all. That's just what each book in this series offers. Each Language Skills book has over 150 warm-ups that cover parts of speech, sentence structure, vocabulary, and mechanics and usage. The books for Grades 5 and 6 also cover using reference materials. Each warm-up provides a brief overview of a particular skill, an example of using the skill correctly, an activity for the skill, and a follow-up writing activity for applying the skill.
Publisher: Teacher Created Resources
Product ID: TCR3992 Grade(s): 2 Level(s): Primary ISBN: 9781420639926

Taming of the Shrew, The (Enhanced eBook) Taming of the Shrew, The (Enhanced eBook)


This series features classic Shakespeare retold with graphic color illustrations. Educators using the Dale-Chall vocabulary system adapted each title. Each 64 page book retains key phrases and quotations from the original play. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing
Product ID: SDLSA1559I Grade(s): 4 - 12 Level(s): Intermediate, Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781599055459 ISBN (Physical Book): 9781599051550

Real-Life Math: Decimals and Percents Real-Life Math: Decimals and Percents


Integrate a real-world, problem-solving focus into math classes!
Publisher: Walch Education
Product ID: WED9780825166327 Grade(s): 9 - 12 Level(s): High School ISBN: 9780825166327 ISBN (Physical Book): 9780825163258

June - I'm Done! What's Next? Activities June - I'm Done! What's Next? Activities


This 32 page book contains 16 pages of full color activity cards (4 per page for a total of 64 activities) involving a wide variety of skills and monthly activities. Plus 16 pages of teacher ideas, activity sheets and art patterns.
Publisher: Practice & LearnRight Publications
Product ID: PLR1006 Grade(s): K - 5 Level(s): Primary, Intermediate

New Books from Prestwick House


  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Blue Book Exam (Enhanced eBook) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Blue Book Exam (Enhanced eBook)


Motivate student readers and build literacy and critical skills beyond simple comprehension While many reading motivation programs simply test for reading comprehension, the Literary Black Belt Assessment Exam and Certification Program encourages students to become active readers and critical thinkers through a series of incremental assessment tests. By leveling from white through black belt, students are motivated to discover deeper levels understanding of the literature they are studying. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH302724I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603893756

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - AP Teaching UnitPDF (Enhanced eBook)<br /> Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - AP Teaching UnitPDF (Enhanced eBook)


For the new teacher, Prestwick House's extensive line of title-specific Teaching Units may serve as a starting point. For the experienced teacher, the Unit may serve as a point of departure. Our aim is to save you time and energy while alleviating the frustration associated with teaching a new book. Each Unit identifies scholarly objectives and poses questions designed to develop mastery of those objectives. Our multiple-choice and essay tests are constructed to determine understanding of those objectives. Every unit includes brief introductory materials, a vocabulary list, questions for essay and discussion, a chapter-by-chapter study guide, and a multiple-choice and essay test. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH301378I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603893145

Across Five Aprils - Activity Pack (Enhanced eBook) Across Five Aprils - Activity Pack (Enhanced eBook)


Fulfill state-mandated objectives and national guidelines AND spark student learning with Prestwick Activity Packs. Providing a wide variety of activities such as role-playing, completing maps and charts, comparing authors' styles, and drawing from an array of sources, Activity Packs give students, individually or in small groups, hands-on experience with abstract literary concepts, including the intricacies of theme, nuances of style and plot, and motivations of characters. The clear-cut directions, spirited interactions, and valuable payoffs add up to time well spent. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH301461I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603891851

Across Five Aprils - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook) Across Five Aprils - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook)


For the new teacher, Prestwick House's extensive line of title-specific Teaching Units may serve as a starting point. For the experienced teacher, the Unit may serve as a point of departure. Our aim is to save you time and energy while alleviating the frustration associated with teaching a new book. Each Unit identifies scholarly objectives and poses questions designed to develop mastery of those objectives. Our multiple-choice and essay tests are constructed to determine understanding of those objectives. Every unit includes brief introductory materials, a vocabulary list, questions for essay and discussion, a chapter-by-chapter study guide, and a multiple-choice and essay test. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH201342I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603896894

 20 Most Common Language Usage Errors (Enhanced eBook) 20 Most Common Language Usage Errors (Enhanced eBook)


Prestwick House Premium Downloadables are the most convenient ready-to-use activities and lessons for the English Classroom. Show your students how to correct and avoid the most common grammar and writing problems, like knowing the difference between whose and who's or it's and its. A perfect lesson plan for a substitute teacher! This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH302433I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603894838

1984 - Vocabulary from Literature (Enhanced eBook) 1984 - Vocabulary from Literature (Enhanced eBook)


Since entering the profession in the early sixties, I've heard the experts exhorting us to base a study of vocabulary on the literature read in the classroom. This is very easy to say, but almost impossible for a busy teacher to do. We, however, have just made it feasible by getting the groundwork out of the way. Designed to be used either as a vocabulary program or as an introduction or enhancement to literature study, Vocabulary from Literature is the best way to both improve literature study and boost vocabulary skills. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH302626I Grade(s): 10 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603899826

1984 - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook) 1984 - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook)


For the new teacher, Prestwick House's extensive line of title-specific Teaching Units may serve as a starting point. For the experienced teacher, the Unit may serve as a point of departure. Our aim is to save you time and energy while alleviating the frustration associated with teaching a new book. Each Unit identifies scholarly objectives and poses questions designed to develop mastery of those objectives. Our multiple-choice and essay tests are constructed to determine understanding of those objectives. Every unit includes brief introductory materials, a vocabulary list, questions for essay and discussion, a chapter-by-chapter study guide, and a multiple-choice and essay test. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH200617I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603896870

100 Best-Loved Poems - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook) 100 Best-Loved Poems - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook)


For the new teacher, Prestwick House's extensive line of title-specific Teaching Units may serve as a starting point. For the experienced teacher, the Unit may serve as a point of departure. Our aim is to save you time and energy while alleviating the frustration associated with teaching a new book. Each Unit identifies scholarly objectives and poses questions designed to develop mastery of those objectives. Our multiple-choice and essay tests are constructed to determine understanding of those objectives. Every unit includes brief introductory materials, a vocabulary list, questions for essay and discussion, a chapter-by-chapter study guide, and a multiple-choice and essay test. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH201083I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603896856

101 Great American Poems - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook) 101 Great American Poems - Teaching Unit (Enhanced eBook)


For the new teacher, Prestwick House's extensive line of title-specific Teaching Units may serve as a starting point. For the experienced teacher, the Unit may serve as a point of departure. Our aim is to save you time and energy while alleviating the frustration associated with teaching a new book. Each Unit identifies scholarly objectives and poses questions designed to develop mastery of those objectives. Our multiple-choice and essay tests are constructed to determine understanding of those objectives. Every unit includes brief introductory materials, a vocabulary list, questions for essay and discussion, a chapter-by-chapter study guide, and a multiple-choice and essay test. This enhanced eBook gives you the freedom to copy and paste the content of each page into the format that fits your needs. You can post lessons on your class website, make student copies, and more.
Publisher: Prestwick House Product ID: PWH201168I Grade(s): 7 - 12 Level(s): Middle School, High School ISBN: 9781603896863
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