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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9th Grade Summer Reading List

It's 111 degrees right now. It's summer.I teach 9th graders. That means I'm not working right now. If you're a 9th grader, you must be having a really boring summer if you're reading this. If you're a teacher or a parent … [Read more...]

Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” Movie with Lesson Plan

If you're looking for a blockbuster "To Build a Fire" movie, you're probably not going to find it. The narrative doesn't exactly lend itself to cinematic drama. If you're looking for a movie that's exactly 1:55 less than the … [Read more...]

Sports Lesson Plan: Writing a Predictive Analysis

Lebron thinks it's a good idea.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 is shaping up to be the greatest day in the history of days. Not only is it the last day of school--by the way, the last day of school never gets old--it's the first day of the NBA Finals and hopefully … [Read more...]

Anti-Bullying Lesson Plan


I'll be honest. When my school district forced upon us a Cultural Awareness Unit that included an anti-bullying lesson plan, I bristled a little. I'm an English teacher, after all, not a counselor. But since the people that … [Read more...]

“A Sound of Thunder” Movie with “A Sound of Thunder” Lesson Plans

As I was throwing together a unit for "A Sound of Thunder," I thought I'd check YouTube to see if they had that "Sound of Thunder" movie that came out a few years back that wasn't very good.What I found instead was pure … [Read more...]

Why Wikipedia is not a Valid Research Paper Resource


Look, I'm not one of those Wikipedia haters. For regular folk like me looking for regular information as a starting point, Wikipedia's not bad. It should not, however, be taken for a reputable source when it comes to serious … [Read more...]

5 Yogi Berra Quotes for the ELA Classroom

Yogi Berra turned 90 yesterday. For those of you who don't know who Yogi Berra is, I don't have time to explain. What I do have time to explain is related lesson plans. Making decisions. I like to bust out a decision making … [Read more...]