Retold Tales® Literature

Retold Tales® Literature

Reading Level 4–6 | Interest Level 6–12

Adapted cultural tales and classic literature to support your curriculum

Designed for secondary students reading below grade level, Retold novels and anthologies align with commonly taught American, British, and world literature; novels; and myths and folktales. Authentic adaptations maintain the voice, style, and overall meaning of the original text, while comprehension support for English learners and striving readers provides the foundation for inclusive discussions of classic works.

The Retold Classics, Myths, etc. have been favorites, especially with my reluctant readers.

Middle School Teacher

Panama City, Florida

Because trade books offer a wide variety of reading levels, interests, content areas, and cultures, they are one of the most powerful tools for meeting the needs of a variety of students.

Dr. Kay E. Vandergrif

Titles in This Program



Retold Classics Anthologies Sampler
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Retold Classic Novels Sampler
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Program Features & Resources


Adaptations for Striving Readers

  • Simplified phrasing, explanations for allusions and references, and definitions of challenging vocabulary aid comprehension.
  • Shorter sentences and paragraphs improve readability.
  • Illustrations and reading aids, such as footnotes and cultural information, draw readers into the selections.

Teacher Materials
FREE Digital Teacher Resources

All purchases include access to title-specific teacher resources that can be downloaded and printed! Teacher resources include over 30 reproducible activities to develop skills in reading, writing, vocabulary, and literacy.

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Sample Pages

Classic Myths, Volume 1
Student Edition | Teacher Resource

Edgar Allan Poe
Student Edition | Teacher Resource

A Tale of Two Cities
Student Edition | Teacher Resource


Classics Anthologies

American Classics Nonfiction
Jonathan Edwards, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain.

American Classics, Volume 1
Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Jack London, O. Henry, Washington Irving, Sarah Orne Jewett, Frank Stockton, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

American Classics, Volume 2
Kate Chopin, Bret Harte, Edward Everett Hale, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles W. Chesnutt, O. Henry, and Washington Irving.

American Classics, Volume 3
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, O. Henry, Ambrose Bierce, Kate Chopin, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Stephen Crane, and Willa Cather.

American Hauntings
"The Queen Mary," "A Mansion Built for Ghosts," "The Legend of the Silver Doe," "White House Ghosts," "The Bell Witch," Ocean-Born Mary," "The Lalaurie House," and "The Gray Man."

British Classics
W.W. Jacobs, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sake, Geoffrey Chaucer, Rudyard Kipling, and D.H. Lawrence.

Classic Chillers
Bram Stoker, Sake, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Charles Dickens.

Edgar Allan Poe
"The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Purloined Letter," "The Oval Portrait," "The Premature Burial," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," and "The Black Cat."

Jack London
"To Build a Fire," "Demetrios Contos," "The Minions of Midas," "A Relic of the Pliocene," "A Raid on the Oyster Pirates," "The Story of an Eyewitness," "Brown Wolf," and "The Shadow and the Flash."

Mark Twain
"A Cub Pilot's Experience," "The Story of the Bad Little Boy," "The Story of the Good Little Boy," " The Great French Duel," " Corn-Pone Opinions," "The Laborious Ant," "Twain's Journalism," "An Encounter with an Interviewer," and "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

O. Henry
"Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," "The Ransom of Red Chief," "The Complete Life of John Hopkins," "A Retrieved Reformation," "The Last Leaf," "The Hypotheses of Failure," "Mammon and the Archer," and "The Gift of the Magi."

Sherlock Holmes
"A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-Headed League," "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," "The Final Problem," "The Adventure of the Empty House," and "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder."

World Classics
From The Arabian Nights, Anton Chekhov, Hands Christian Andersen, Leo Tolstoy, Guy de Maupassant, Nikolai Gogol, and Victor Hugo.

Classic Myths & Folktales

African-American Folktales
Includes 14 stories arranged in four categories--Friendship, Tricksters, How and Why, and Right and Wrong.

African Myths
Includes 18 selections in six categories--Creation, Death, Gods and Mortals, Tricksters, How and Why, and Right and Wrong.

Asian Myths
The 15 stories include tales from India, China, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, India, and Laos.

Classic Myths, Volume 1
Includes Prometheus, The Twelve Labors of Heracles, Circe and Odysseus, Aeneas' Trip to the Underworld, The Follies of Midas, Cupid and Psyche, and Jason and the Golden Fleece.

Classic Myths, Volume 2
Includes The Theft of Persephone, Odysseus and the Cyclops, Achilles and Hector, The Trojan Horse, Orpheus and Eurydice, Oedipus, Antigone, and Perseus.

Classic Myths, Volume 3
Includes Pandora, Heracles and Admetus, The Judgment of Paris, Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, Orestes, Odysseus' Return, Theseus and Ariadne, and Atalanta.

Mexican American Folktales
Includes legends and stories from Southwestern and Mexican folklore in four categories--Ghosts and Hauntings, Tricksters, Romance, and Right and Wrong.

Native American Myths
Includes selections from Chippewa, Sioux, Hopi, Seneca, Blackfoot, Abnaki, Iowa, Sioux, Tlingit, and Caddo in five categories--Creation, Romance, Heroes, Tricksters, and How and Why.

Northern European Myths
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," "Thor the Bride," "The Death of Balder," "Siegfried," "Beowulf," "The Boyhood of Cuchulain," "Manawydan," and "The Death of King Arthur."

World Myths
"The Death of Osiris," "The Twins' Visit to the Underworld," "Finn MacCool's Revenge," "Izanami and Izanagi: A Creation Story," "Rama and Sita," "Lindu's Veil of Stars," "Bao Chu's Search for the Sun," and "Gilgamesh."

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