Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, Canterbury Tales, Oliver Twist, Where the Red Fern Grows and many other great works of literature should be read! Even in your homeschool!
And then you can work it into other parts of your homeschool week! Spelling or Language Arts is a great place to start! Literature-based word lists for Spelling are a good addition! Not only do they learn some key words from the books, but they can get spelling in as well! And if you use a program like Vocabulary/Spelling City, they can do handwriting by printing out the spelling lists or sentence structure by using the games section!
They can practice book reports after they have read the book. They can practice oral speeches by giving it to you orally. You can go online and find lots of great unit studies for almost any literature work you choose. And MOST of them have a movie that goes with! Watch it as a family, discuss the movie, read the book as a family or even as a homeschool book group! Create a group discussion!
My boys are not into all the great works. They have to read 1 per semester. Mom chooses and then we do some work to go with. If they don't like it, oh well. They need to have some great works of literature under their belt!
How do you incorporate literature into your homeschool day?