How Many of These 7 Suspense Short Stories Do You Teach?

I was feeling pretty good about myself after having taught some great short stories with examples of foreshadowing. So good, in fact, that I took down all the pictures of the teachers of the year since 1993 that were hanging … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Classroom Stress for the Next 7 Weeks with The Odyssey Teaching Unit

During my 18 years of teaching, I've gathered quite a navy of lesson plans and activities for The Odyssey. Some rival the intelligence of Polyphemus, so I threw them into Charybdis. Some would make even Athena proud, so I've … [Read more...]

“Good” and “Well” are Different: Introductory Video

The Grammar Avengers have arrived.In this episode, The Good and Well Duo kick people in the face. It's a fun video to introduce your class to "good" vs "well"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIq2LLLlk0MThe duo … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl of Hunting and “The Most Dangerous Game” Essay Lesson Plan

This doesn't have to be a "Most Dangerous Game" essay lesson plan. It can be "Most Dangerous Game" analysis lesson plan or simply a "Most Dangerous Game" discussion lesson plan. It's up to you.Now that I think about it, … [Read more...]

Captain Irony to the Rescue: Teaching Irony with a Short Video

You're probably thinking I write about irony a lot. You're probably referring to my list of short stories for teaching irony or my "Five additional Stories for Teaching Irony" blog post or "7 Short Stories with a Twist" blog … [Read more...]

Captain Literal to the Rescue

Look, I'm not one of those Grammar Nazis, but as an English teacher I need to draw the line somewhere, figuratively.So I am literally writing this blog post to help you figuratively save the world from the figurative … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans: 5 More Short Stories for Teaching Irony

Regular readers of this blog are aware of my fascination with Ender Wiggin, Lennie Smalls, and sports teams from the state of Ohio. What they may not be aware of is my fascination with irony. In fact, I once stayed up late … [Read more...]

Fun High School Lesson Plans: A Modern Day Classroom Miracle

The day was Friday, January 8, 2016. It was 6th period. School would be out in less than 22 minutes.The fire alarm rang.Then the unthinkable happened. Students didn't want to leave. They rushed to the projector screen … [Read more...]

Logical Fallacies Lesson Plan with a Logical Fallacies Quiz (Kind of)

Below is a one-sided conversation I had with a student the other day:"Hey Mr., You're my favorite teacher. Will you change my grade?" (1)"Hey Mr., I'm about to cry. My poor puppy just died. Will you change my grade?" … [Read more...]

An Update on the Monkey’s Paw Re-emergence

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis (all four of you (it used to be five, but my dad died)) know two things: (1) Don't mess with Ender Wiggin! (2) Don't mess with the monkey's … [Read more...]