Great Essay Topic: Which Literary Character Would Win a Hunger Games Fight to the Death?


I just read "The Lottery" for the first time in over 30 years. As with most things from my youth, it was a lot better in my youth.And like most things as an adult, it gave me a great essay topic. But before we get to the … [Read more...]

“Cask of Amontillado” Movie with Lesson Plan


After my students did so well with my "Cask of Amontillado" lesson plans, I thought I'd reward them with a short "Cask of Amontillado" movie. Unfortunately, the movie was terrible. I now sit in fear, hoping they won't follow … [Read more...]

7 Short Stories with a Twist for High School Students

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The following is a true story. I felt pretty good after teaching my students about theme in literature, so I thought I'd try my hand at teaching short stories with a twist. The first one didn't go well. 14 out of 39 students … [Read more...]

“The Yellow Wallpaper” Analysis, Summary, and Lesson Plan

Yellow Wallpaper

I read "The Yellow Wallpaper" again the other day and found it fantastically chilling, which led me to question my initial dislike for the story years ago when I read it the first time.After several seconds of thought I … [Read more...]

“The Most Dangerous” Game Movie with a Lesson Plan

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If you're looking for great lesson plans for "The Most Dangerous Game," follow the link.If you're looking for a horrible movie based on a great short story with tons of unintentional comedy, then you're looking for "The … [Read more...]

“The Interlopers”: Movie and Lesson Plan

Teaching Irony in "The Interlopers"

Who needs an "Interlopers" summary when you have two different "Interlopers" movies to watch? The latter of these two masterpieces provides a better summary.OK, still no cable. But YouTube is working fine!Today I … [Read more...]

Summer Movie Series: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”

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Looking for a way to help students understand "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Try showing "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" movie. It was originally made as a Twilight Zone episode.It just might be the finest movie … [Read more...]

Make a Meme Lesson Plan

This took me less than a minute to make.

During my summer vacation I learned what a meme was. A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. They seem to be all the rage so why not … [Read more...]

The Tell-Tale Heart Movie with a Lesson Plan

We don't have cable in my house, so I spend my summers watching old movies of literary masterpieces and share them with you, my fellow teachers and lovers of literature.My kids love them. Of course, most of your students … [Read more...]

“The Monkey’s Paw” Movie Lesson Plan and Other Video Resources

It's the summer and I'm watching movies. I'm not talking summer blockbusters. I'm talking movies from stories I teach. Today's movie is "The Monkey's Paw." Actually, there's about 93 "Monkey's Paw" movies. Since I don't … [Read more...]

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