Parallel Text

Parallel Text

Grades 8–12

Accessible classic literature

Featuring the original text and a line-by-line modern translation on facing pages, each text brings classic works to life.

Ensure comprehension while helping students appreciate the original language of Shakespeare and early British and American authors. Introductory material offers historical and cultural context while critical thinking questions and text-based activities throughout encourage discussion and analysis.

[Parallel Text] worked beautifully. I was able to get students to read it and they weren’t struggling. They really got into the story and weren’t bogged down by the language. [The text] was very faithful to the original and only translated when necessary. They could see the differences were actually very small. Students were able to appreciate the story and it was easy to teach.”

English Teacher
Young Women's Leadership School

New York, New York

Titles in This Program

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Parallel Text: Shakespeare

Hamlet - Parallel Text
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Julius Caesar - Parallel Text
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King Lear - Parallel Text
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Macbeth - Parallel Text
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The Merchant of Venice - Parallel Text
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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Parallel Text
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Othello - Parallel Text
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Romeo and Juliet - Parallel Text
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The Taming of the Shrew - Parallel Text
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Parallel Text: Early American Literature: Beginnings–1870

Early American Literature - Parallel Text
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Parallel Text: British Literature: 449–1798

British Literature: 449-1798 - Parallel Text
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Program Features & Resources

Features

Shakespeare

  • Prereading activities for each act
    —prereading questions
    —a preview of literary elements
    —words to know
    —an act summary

  • After-reading activities for each act
    —discussion questions
    —analysis of the literary elements
    —four to five writing prompts

  • After-reading activities for the entire play
    —discussion questions
    —analysis of the literary elements
    —four to five writing prompts
    —multimodal and group activities

Early American Literature: Beginnings to 1870

  • Recall and literary analysis questions for each selection.
  • Units organized by time period.
  • Original writings in a variety of genres—essays, speeches, diary and autobiographical excerpts, and poetry.
  • Numbered paragraphs and stanzas for easy reference.

British Literature: 449–1798

  • Recall and literary analysis questions for each selection.
  • Units organized by time period.
  • Original writings in a variety of genres—sonnets, novels, essays, diaries, and ballads.
  • Numbered paragraphs and stanzas for easy reference.
Teacher Materials

Teacher Guides

Teacher Guides feature anticipation questions, responses for discussion questions and literary activities, vocabulary quizzes, essay tests, an objective test, and more.

Student & Teacher Workbooks

Workbooks enhance comprehension with pre-reading activities, historical information, scene summaries, writing prompts, and graphic organizers. Available for Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet.

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Sample Pages

Romeo and Juliet
Student Edition | Teacher Guide

Early American Literature: Beginnings to 1870
Student Edition

British Literature: 449–1798
Student Edition

Authors

Early American Literature: Beginnings to 1870

Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Phillis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and more.

British Literature: 449–1798

Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Thomas Malory, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, and more.

Shakespeare's Plays:

Comedies
The Merchant of Venice | The Taming of the Shrew | A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tragedies
Hamlet | Julius Caesar | King Lear | Macbeth | Othello | Romeo and Juliet

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