Christmas Short Stories and Poems for High School

Let's stop pretending it's not Christmas season. Here are some good short stories, poems and other Christmassy literary works to teach during the holidays."The Gift of the Magi" by O' Henry. I'll admit I get a little … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Short Stories for Middle School or High School

If you're like me, you thought, "Hey, it's Thanksgiving soon! I think I'll teach Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high school." So you did a web search for "Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high … [Read more...]

“The Fall of the House of Usher” Movie with Lesson Plan

Halloween approaches and your students are acting more ghoulish than usual. You're getting tired of fighting their tricks and want to give them a Halloween treat without compromising learning.Or maybe it's a random Friday … [Read more...]

6 Lesson Plans for “The Fall of the House of Usher”

These "Fall of the House of Usher"  lesson plans are perfect for Halloween. They also make a great alternative to cheesy love poems around Valentine's Day.*Here's a lesson plan that will help you get off to a good start* … [Read more...]

“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Summary with Analysis

Every now and then, teachers gotta wing it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t—like that time I tried to teach “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” without prepping.It was in the appendix of the edition of Frankenstein I … [Read more...]

What is Gothic Fiction? The Elements of Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories

What is Gothic Fiction? I'm a big fan of American Romanticism and its fascination with death and the supernatural. A subset of American Romanticism that really focuses on this fascination is Gothic Fiction, also known as … [Read more...]

“The Cask of Amontillado” Themes: Quotes from the Cask of Amontillado

THE thousand lesson plans of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon teaching "The Cask of Amontillado" themes without quotes from "The Cask of Amontillado," I vowed revenge. At length I would be … [Read more...]

“The Raven” Lesson Plans: Quotes for Writing a Literary Criticism of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

I had just taught some great "The Raven" lesson plans and felt pretty good about myself, so good in fact, that I grew a Poe-like mustache and began wandering the halls during my prep with a giant black bird on my … [Read more...]

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” for Teaching Literary Criticism

Teaching literary criticism requires finding evidence in the story you're critiquing. It makes sense, therefore, that writing a "Tell-Tale Heart" literary criticism requires important quotes from "The Tell-Tale Heart."You … [Read more...]

Use Edgar Allan Poe Quotes to Help Teach Poe’s Short Stories

It's October, which means tons of high school and middle school students will read stories by Edgar Allan Poe.Of course, you can teach these stories any time of year. I always reserved February for Poe, with a little … [Read more...]