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...]

11 Writing Prompts for High School That Will Actually Inspire Kids to Write

I had just assigned the Greatest Creative Writing Assignment EVER!!!!!!!!!!! I was feeling really good about myself. I even painted a picture of my face on the William Shakespeare statue in the cafeteria.Then the next day … [Read more...]

I Hear My Lesson Plan Book Singing: Walt Whitman Lesson Plans

I remember the first set of Walt Whitman Lesson Plans I used. They were given to me by Mr. DrillandKill. It was more like "I Hear America Yawning" in my classroom and "Beat! Beat! Drums" followed by me beating my head with a … [Read more...]

American Literature: Colonial Period, 1607-1783

If you're like me, you spend hours contemplating the colonial period in American History from an historical perspective. But there's a literary perspective as well.In fact, if you're a teacher of American Literature, … [Read more...]

How Many of These 5 Start of the School Year Lesson Plans Have You Tried?

Remember how excited everyone was about the new school year during the first week of school and then week 2 came along and reality set in? Let's not lose that enthusiasm.These 5 lesson plans are engaging for student and … [Read more...]

“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” Analysis and Lesson Plan on Poetic Form

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" is one of the most oft read poems in the English language. A YouTube search alone produces a myriad of readings.In fact, here's Dylan Thomas himself reading his … [Read more...]

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...]