Classics Library

Stories

Fostering Literary Appreciation

In every grade school, high school, and college in English-speaking countries the ultimate goal of educators is for students to gain an appreciation for the written word. Unfortunately, however, perhaps the number of students complete their academic career with hardly any literary appreciation whatsoever. Too many students take English classes merely because it is required of them. So many high school and college graduates cannot see the value of literature. Consequently, they seldom read. Moreover, they cannot define literary appreciation beyond what is stated in their class syllabus.  Some students cannot even discern any difference between the quality of a literary masterpiece and that of a typical newspaper article.

Totally Literate endeavors to change this mindset. We provide some classics for beginners, some for students a bit older, and some for middle and high schoolers.

 

Our Classics Library contains twelve books, six of which are read on the Classics Webpage, and the other six, on the Edge Browser. The former set contains short, pithy stories, whereas the later set contains much longer stories with ample illustrations.  

 

The former group can be read in fourteen languages and the latter group, in English only. 

Within Diamond, Gold, and Palladium Memberships

Opens on Classics Webpage

1.  The Wolf and the Kid

2.  The Frog Prince

3.  The Dog, The Cock, and The Fox

4.  Belling the Cat

5.  The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

6.  Rapunzel

Supine Girl Reading a book in the open jaws of an alligator

Opens on Edge Browser

1.  The Tale of Peter Rabbit

2.  Little Red Riding Hood

3.  The Three Billy Goats Gruff

4.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

5.  Animal Farm

6.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • To help students get a mental picture of each story, drawings and other graphics have been added judiciously.

  • Those stories that have been written in the Queen's English have been reworded to conform with American spelling and punctuation. And occasionally the punctuation has been modified to enhance readability. 

  • All the stories have been painstakingly reformatted so as to prevent sentences and paragraphs from stopping partway through. And many paragraphs have been shortened to make for easier reading and to prevent them from running over onto a following page. 

  • Stories of antiquity, written in Middle English or Old English, would scarcely be understandable today left in such obsolete styles. Over the course of history, these works have been rewritten countless times, leaving only the gist of them known with any degree of certainty. Hence, to provide members with a cohesive rendition that leaves no loose ends dangling, Totally Literate has taken poetic license to render its own version of the stories it presents.