Teachers Guide

Literature for Life is both a literary journal featuring fiction and nonfiction works by exceptional authors – most of them Los Angeles based or from Los Angeles – and an open resource for educators with original curriculum written to accompany each piece. The pieces also feature original artwork by local artists. The voices in Literature for Life are diverse and unique.

AGE LEVELS: The curriculum for each piece indicates recommended age and grade levels for usage. Literature for Life pieces are geared towards Middle School through College.

GENRES: Genres covered in most issues include Nonfiction, Fiction, Journalism, Personal Essays, Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction, Historic Fiction, and more.


* We will help you to arrange inviting a Literature for Life author or artist to your classroom.
* Professional development workshops for teaching Literature for Life stories.
* Collaborating with our staff on developing curriculum and issue content.
* Contributing student work to our online journal.
* Purchasing a complete printed version of the journal issues and curriculum.

This is an outline of categories included in the curriculum. This structure applies to Issue 3, though these basic categories are also featured in Issue 2.

Overview & Illustration

Quick Glance 10 Points for Usage Guide

* Age / grade level appropriateness
* Genre/s
* Length
* Content advisories [such as language or sexuality]
* One sentence summary

* Topic/s
* Key theme/s overview
* Historic events /time period to learn about in conjunction with story
* Complementary classic/ historical novel or short story
* Author and Artist locations and biographies

SYNOPSIS [Includes a short, detailed description of the plot and narrative style.]

CURRICULUM [Include standards for each section. Integrates historic context or cultural/sensitivity issues if key.]

Introduction Activity/Themes Exploration [One question promoting open discussion or journaling for each of the following – includes standards.]
* Topic
* Main Ideas
* Passage-Specific Themes
* Universal Themes

Key Vocabulary [Arranged as Level 1, Level 2, Level 3]

Vocabulary Activities [Three activity options. Includes standards at the beginning.]

Follow Up Class Discussion Questions [Reading comprehension focused–four questions.]

Text-Dependent Questions [Response to the story writing questions–six questions. These emphasize critical thinking.]

Writing Exercises [Four types for each story.]

* Narrative
* Descriptive
* Analysis or Expository
* Comparative [this assignment requires additional research by the student]

Complementary Reading Text [Short poem, song, speech, or article.]

* Brief overview of why related
* Complementary Text tie-in writing exercise
* Text

Activities [Four — Two in the classroom, one out of the classroom, one guest speaker.]

* Classroom activity 1 [group interactive activity]
* Classroom activity 2 [incorporates multi-media and/or technology]
* Home activity [hands-on]
* Guest speaker idea [author, expert or professional]

Field Trip [includes a follow-up writing assignment]