Category: Classics-Based Writing Resource

Poems, short stories, and excerpts that are particularly suitable for model-based writing. Many of these have been used as the basis for Classics-Based Writing Lessons taught at Schoolhouse Teachers.

March Poems

March Poems

Poems about the month of March Each month has its share of poetic musings, and March is no exception. As children, we learn that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like...

Bill Nye's Postmaster pays strict attention to business.

A Resign by Bill Nye

This tongue-in-cheek letter of resignation was written by humorist Edgar Wilson “Bill” Nye, and appeared in Bill Nye’s Red Book in 1906. A RESIGN. |Postoffice Divan, Laramie City, W. T., Oct. 1, 1883. To the...

Hearts and Hands by O. Henry

Hearts and Hands by O. Henry

Hearts and Hands A short story by O. Henry At Denver there was an influx of passengers into the coaches on the eastbound B & M express. In one coach there sat a very...

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

Casey at the Bat A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest Thayer The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day; the score stood four to two, with...

Frog in a Japanese painting, c.1800.

The Two Frogs

“The Two Frogs,” a tale from Japan Once upon a time in the country of Japan there lived two frogs, one of whom made his home in a ditch near the town of Osaka, on...