Five Things Teachers Can Do to Reduce Stress

I rolled out of bed this morning, looked at the calendar, did a little math, and wept. School starts in a week. My initial reaction was to return to bed and suck my thumb while lying in the fetal position. That only helps … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: Literary Terms Quizzes for Romeo and Juliet

While you were lounging by the pool this summer, I was writing Romeo and Juliet quizzes while lounging by the pool. These Romeo and Juliet literary terms quizzes can be found on the miracle we call the Internet. They're … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: Using Literary Quotations for Writing Assignments

A couple posts ago, I shared a simple and useful writing assignment involving thematic quotations, not necessarily connected to literature. Let's take a look at an assignment using quotes from specific pieces of … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: Proofreading and Editing

I like Nathaniel Hawthorne. I really do. But for some reason, I posted two Nathaniel Hawthorne short story study guides and gave credit to Edgar Allan Poe for writing them. Thanks to savvy readers, those errors were brought … [Read more...]

Another Quick ELA Common Core Writing Assignment

As I write, I'm basking in the joy that is the beginning of summer vacation, but that's not gonna stop me from helping out my pathetic poor colleagues who are teaching summer school. Of course, you may have come across this … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: The Great Depression and Of Mice and Men Research

For an English teacher, there are few things more annoying and soul-breaking than assigning and working on and grading research papers written by 9th graders. I say this only because I was once rushed to the hospital with … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: A Great Observational Experience Using Poetry

So the big wigs came to my school last week and I didn't want to embarrass the school, get my administrator in trouble, and end up teaching from a cart next year, so I went to one of my favorite lessons: Poetry Speed … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: March Madness Writing Assignment Rubric

Yesterday, I unveiled the March Madness Reading for Information lesson plan along with a March Madness writing assignment. Today, I'm going to toss in a rubric for the 4-paragraph essay. Here are some links to support … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: March Madness Meets Common Core Writing and Reading for Information Standards

It was my second year teaching. It was the third Thursday in March. I was watching basketball. My administrator, Ms. Killjoy, thought that the third Thursday in March was a good day to come observe my class. She pulled a pink … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: The Hero’s Journey

If you want to "flip" your classroom, feel free to use the Hero's Journey Resource Page. We're gonna head to the almighty Internet for today's lesson of the day. I use it to introduce The Odyssey and hearken back to it … [Read more...]