Easy Research Paper Lesson Plan

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I once made a research paper due one week before the end of the grading period. I sat down to grade them. After the first one, I cried.  After the second one I cut myself. After the third one I swore I'd rather eat razors and … [Read more...]

Lesson Plan of the Day: Why and How to Take Cornell Notes

Because she's dead I won't mention her name. Actually she might have been dead when she was my teacher. She was my World History teacher in 9th grade and happens to be the worst teacher I've ever had. That's 12 years of … [Read more...]

Add a Character Writing Assignment Lesson Plan

Add a Character

As Mrs. Cantwaitfortheschoolyeartoend approached her classroom, she realized she had no lesson plan for the day. When she heard the principal Mr. Likestofire would be visiting her that morning, she started to panic, ran down … [Read more...]

8 Short Stories and Novels that Exemplify the Dangers of Big Government

It's April 15 and if you haven't filed your taxes yet, you might want to look into that. By the way, don't come to me for tax advice. You can come to me for lesson plan advice.Or for clever lists like this one. In honor … [Read more...]

Speaking and Listening Lesson Plan of the Day: How to Introduce a Short Story

I would like to share with you a letter I received from a former student. Dear Mr. L,I would like to thank you for changing my life. I was underachieving in school and was about to drop out. You see, I was having … [Read more...]

The All Time Greatest Conflicts in Literature and Their Sports Equivalent

The problem with being a huge sports fan and an English teacher is I have difficulty separating the two. When I watch sports I imagine conflicts in literature. When I read about conflicts in literature, I think about … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plan: How to Introduce a Short Story


Every painstaking movement of the second hand on the round 1970s style clock in the front of the classroom deepened the soul-destroying angst in Mr. Nocontext's being. Mr. Jobkiller, the school's new principal, had come to … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: The Greatest Creative Writing Lesson Plan Ever?!?!

I had just finished my "8 Simple Writing Lesson Plans" Teacher Guide when I came upon this gem of an Internet lesson plan: The greatest creative writing activity ever!!!I was skeptical.After all, everything on the … [Read more...]

8 Easy Common Core Writing Lesson Plans

You ever get out of a teacher-in-service (or what teachers like to call them: A tremendous waste of tax-payer money) feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and wanting to ram your 1992 Saturn SL4 into the nearest brick wall on the … [Read more...]

Small Group Lesson Plans for the Common Core


The day was winding down. I had borrowed a lesson plan from Mr. Worksheetgive who had borrowed a lesson from Mrs. Makelitboring and it was not going well. Casualties were mounting: 16 students had suffered concussions after … [Read more...]