19 Popular Poems Taught in High School Lesson Plans

Remember the first time you taught a poem to your high school English class? If you're like me, it went something like this: Me: Read poem (30 seconds) followed by an open-ended question, something like "What do you think of … [Read more...]

A Book Report Lesson Plan for Poetry

Remember the last time you assigned a book report and you got 273 book reports with the exact words: "I read ________. I liked some parts. I didn't like some parts. Here is my book report" in the introduction followed by a … [Read more...]

Start of the Year Time Saving Tips for Teachers: Read This During Your Next Meeting

A Cautionary Tale about Teacher Time Management Ms. Needtogetready had been working hard during the two days of "teacher instruction" leading up to the start of the new school year. Then she realized—seconds before her … [Read more...]

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” Lesson Plans, Summary, and Analysis

There's a fairly good chance you came across this post because you were searching for a "Rappaccini's Daughter" Lesson Plan, so I'll just get it out of the way. Of course, you're welcome to peruse the entire post. It's pretty … [Read more...]

The Best Nathaniel Hawthorne Short Stories with Summaries and Lesson Plans

A throng of bearded administrators, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with teachers, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which … [Read more...]

First Year Teacher Tips: How to not Want to Drive Your Car into the Side of a Building

My first year teaching was nearly 20 years ago. And although I've suppressed many of the horrors that accompanied it, I get uncontrollable tremors from time to time.If only I had first year teacher tips like these, I … [Read more...]

Young Goodman Brown Study Guide and Lesson Plans

YOUNG TEACHER BROWN came forth at sunrise, into the halls of Salem high school, but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting "Young Goodman Brown" lesson plan with his supervising administrator. … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans: Underrated Short Stories for High School or Middle School

At the little living-room desk Mr. Boringnecke rolled two sheets of flimsy and a heavier top sheet, carbon paper containing lesson plans for short stories his classes hated. Then, from the short hallway at his back, he heard … [Read more...]

Short Story Audio/Video Resources for “Leiningen vs. The Ants”

It's the middle of July. If you're like me—and you probably are since you're searching for ways to improve your teaching—you're dying for a Claymation "Leiningen vs the Ants" video.This 3-minute video is so bad that it's … [Read more...]

Short Stories for Teaching Imagery Lesson Plans

After teaching students about characterization and point of view, I felt pretty good about myself, so good in fact, that I commissioned the pottery teacher to create an action sculpture of me in the center of my … [Read more...]