Parents' Guide to


By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comprehensive, free literary resource; watch for cheating.

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Kids will find this free study guide to be a visually engaging, easy-to-navigate tool that supports understanding and analysis, but it's important to use it wisely. Understandably, parents and educators may be concerned that LitCharts will be used to replace reading the actual text; however, it's a concern parents can address by showing kids how to use the tool as a support and by reinforcing the value of developing their own ideas and making personal connections to literature. Considering the demands students often face, LitCharts, as a supplementary tool, may help kids understand books and themes with greater depth. Quotes can be sorted by chapter, character, or theme, which supports students writing academic papers and in need of quotes to support their arguments. The app's features, such as the color-coded theme tracker and the side-by-side presentation of summary, analysis, and theme, make for easy navigation and allow kids to see how themes and critical points develop throughout the book. All of the information offered by the app is actually free, and there are no ads, which makes it even more appealing. Overall, LitCharts offers a solid, on-screen experience that can help kids with literature analysis when used appropriately.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: forming arguments, reading, reading comprehension, text analysis, using supporting evidence, vocabulary
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, making conclusions, thinking critically
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 11, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: LitCharts LLC
  • Version: 2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: March 11, 2019

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