Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket Lesson Plans, Summary, Analysis

It's not too late to help Tom Benecke, and it’s not too late to help teachers looking for lesson plans, a summary, an analysis and more for "Contents of the Dead Man’s Pockets” by Jack Finney.Before we get to an overview … [Read more...]

A Robert Frost Lesson Plan for National Poetry Month: Symbolism in the Poems of Robert Frost

Teaching: An Allegory It was National Poetry Month and Mr. Deadmeat was preparing his Robert Frost lesson plans in anticipation of Principal Istabteachersintheback coming to observe his classroom. It was a symbolism lesson … [Read more...]

“The Interlopers” Discussion Questions

The forest classroom of Gradwitz were of wide extent and well stocked with "Interlopers" discussion questions; the narrow strip of portables that lay on its outskirt was not remarkable for the students it harboured or the … [Read more...]

Resources for The Odyssey: Island of the Lotus Eaters

Next on our Odyssey odyssey is the "Island of the Lotus Eaters." Here we have some resources for teaching the Island of the Lotus Eaters from The Odyssey. Lesson Plan Procedures for Teaching "Island of the Lotus Eaters" from … [Read more...]

The Odyssey Lesson Plans: Trump Calls Cruz a Trojan Horse

According to Fox News Donald Trump called Ted Cruz "worse than a puppet--- he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump."Why do I bring this up? Because today … [Read more...]

“The Raven” Lesson Plans: Symbolism in “The Raven”

My colleague just told me that April was National Poetry month. I thought she was playing an April Fool's joke on my, so I took a swing at her. She blocked the punch, jabbed me in the throat with a paper clip, whacked me on … [Read more...]

Myth Lesson Plans: The Hero’s Journey and Perseus

Start off with something you can use in your classroom right now: Perseus's Hero's Journey HandoutThis is day 5 of The Odyssey lesson plans. For those who've been following the odyssey of The Odyssey Unit, you may be … [Read more...]

Lesson Plans for The Odyssey: I Am Odysseus!

Hey, I'm not gonna waste your time rehashing the hero's journey lesson plan, which I do on day 2 of my lesson plans for the Odyssey unit. Instead, I'll link you to the original post.I do have a special treat, … [Read more...]

Lesson Plans for The Odyssey: Day One

Teaching The Odyssey brings much joy to my heart. In addition to being a great story, it also signals the end of another school year.I've been teaching Homer's epic for more than a decade. That's anywhere from 3-6 periods … [Read more...]

Types of Essays for High School Students and Teachers

I recently received a letter from a former student. I'll reprint it here without his permission, but I'm sure he won't mind. Dear former teacher:You were one of my six favorite teachers my freshman year of high school. I … [Read more...]