“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Summary with Analysis

Every now and then, teachers gotta wing it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t—like that time I tried to teach “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” without prepping.It was in the appendix of the edition of Frankenstein I … [Read more...]

What is Gothic Fiction? The Elements of Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories

What is Gothic Fiction? I'm a big fan of American Romanticism and its fascination with death and the supernatural. A subset of American Romanticism that really focuses on this fascination is Gothic Fiction, also known as … [Read more...]

“The Cask of Amontillado” Themes: Quotes from the Cask of Amontillado

THE thousand lesson plans of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon teaching "The Cask of Amontillado" themes without quotes from "The Cask of Amontillado," I vowed revenge. At length I would be … [Read more...]

“The Raven” Lesson Plans: Quotes for Writing a Literary Criticism of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

I had just taught some great "The Raven" lesson plans and felt pretty good about myself, so good in fact, that I grew a Poe-like mustache and began wandering the halls during my prep with a giant black bird on my … [Read more...]

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” for Teaching Literary Criticism

Teaching literary criticism requires finding evidence in the story you're critiquing. It makes sense, therefore, that writing a "Tell-Tale Heart" literary criticism requires important quotes from "The Tell-Tale Heart."You … [Read more...]

Use Edgar Allan Poe Quotes to Help Teach Poe’s Short Stories

It's October, which means tons of high school and middle school students will read stories by Edgar Allan Poe.Of course, you can teach these stories any time of year. I always reserved February for Poe, with a little … [Read more...]

Alternative 2016 Presidential Candidates from Literature

I'm not going to tell you who to vote for. That's not what I do here at ELACommonCoreLessonPlans.com. Nor will I tell you who I'm voting for—you don't care.I do know this. We could do worse. Alternative 2016 Presidential … [Read more...]

Point of View Lesson Plans and Five More Short Stories for Teaching Point of View in Literature

My "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" lesson plans were a big hit. The world's greatest teachers came from throughout the world to congratulate me. Then I dusted off some point of view lesson plans I borrowed from the guy who'd … [Read more...]

“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Lesson Plans

THAT VERY SINGULAR teacher, old Mr. Heidegger, once invited four venerable teachers to meet him in his classroom. There were three white-bearded gentlemen, Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, and Mr. Gascoigne, and a withered … [Read more...]

High School Classroom Management: How to Take Care of Make Up Work

Remember that time you had a great lesson prepared only to have it sabotaged by 3 kids pestering you before class for the assignments they missed while they were absent, 6 kids pestering you at the start of class for … [Read more...]