Length. The units are all appx. the same length (15,000 words total, divided into two parts: A and B), but the contents are very different, so it's important to take a few minutes to make your choice. Don't just make your decision based on the title of the unit. Instead, take a few minutes to read through the first story and see what you think. If the actual story does not grab you, then try another unit. Here is a complete list of the units with a brief description for each one:
Homer's Iliad: A condensed prose retelling of Homer's Trojan War epic by Alfred Church.
Homer's Odyssey: Tales of Odysseus's wanderings in a prose translation by Tony Kline.
Aesop (Jacobs): A selection of fables edited by Joseph Jacobs, with illustrations by Walter Crane.
Aesop (Winter): Yet more fables (no overlap with Jacobs) as illustrated by Milo Winter.
Ancient Rome:Ovid's Metamorphoses: Ovid I including Phaethon, Narcissus, and Perseus; Ovid II including Persephone, Niobe, and Medea; Ovid III including Daedalus, Pygmalion, and Hercules.
Cupid and Psyche: Apuleius's elaborate fairy-tale love story in a translation by Tony Kline.
From the Bible:
Bible Women: Stories about women from both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Gospels.
Gospel of Mark: The complete Gospel of Mark (from the King James version of the Bible).
Biblical Stories plus Apocrypha:
Adam and Eve: The Genesis account, plus Jewish legends and Christian apocrypha.
Noah: The Genesis account of both Noah and Babel, plus Jewish legends and folklore.
Infancy Gospels: The Luke and Matthew accounts, plus two apocryphal gospels.
Women Saints: The lives of famous women saints from the medieval Golden Legend.
Saints and Animals: Modern retellings of the lives of the saints and their "friendly beasts."
Jewish Fairy Tales: A selection of fairy tales inspired by the Bible and other Jewish legends.
Types of Units:
You can also search for specific features based on your personal reading preferences; these links below go to the Diigo catalog where you will find links to the units plus a description:
|Units with explanatory NOTES||Classical||Biblical|
|Free AUDIOBOOK versions||Classical||Biblical|
|Lots of SHORTER stories||Classical|
|Few stories but LONGER||Biblical|
|One CONTINUOUS story||Classical||Biblical|
|Stories for CHILDREN||Classical|
|Stories in VERSE||Classical||Biblical|
|Units with ILLUSTRATIONS||Classical||Biblical|
If you are running late and know that you are just going to have time for HALF of the reading this week (just Part A, not Part B), then choose a reading unit where there the first half can stand on its own:
Finally, you can also ask the Crystal Ball for advice... it will show you a unit at random each time you load this page: