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Revisiting the Classics

Looking to use some classic texts in your classroom? In our list, we’ve matched canonical texts with popular YA Lit read-alikes. The pairings are perfect for adolescent readers because of their relatable, timeless themes, and compelling plot lines.

The Odyssey

Homer
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Fairy Tales, Folktales and Myths, Poetry
Published:
1614
Macbeth

Macbeth

William Shakespeare
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Fairy Tales, Folktales and Myths, Poetry
Published:
1606
Beowulf

Beowulf

Anonymous
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Fairy Tales, Folktales and Myths, Fantasy, Fiction, Poetry

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics
Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Historical Fiction
Published:
1977
crucible

The Crucible

Arthur Miller
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics
Published:
1953
Native Son

Native Son

Richard Wright
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Historical Fiction
Published:
1940
The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Fiction
Published:
1589
Antigone

Antigone

Sophocles
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics
Published:
2005
Romeo and Juliet Play by William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Fiction, Poetry, Romance
Published:
1597
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Age Level:
YA, Adult
Genre:
Classics, Fiction, Romance
Published:
1925
Genre:
Classics