Common Core Poetry: My Favorite Harlem Renaissance Poet

I was just checking out the History Channel website and learned the following: On this day in 1776, General George Washington arrives at Harlem Heights, on the northern end of Manhattan, and takes command of a group of … [Read more...]

Teacher Tip #3,172: Don’t Crash a Drone into a Sporting Event

According to ESPN: A New York City teacher was arrested early Friday for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats during a second-round match at the US Open, police said.Daniel Verley, 26, faces charges … [Read more...]

Human Rights Lesson Plan for Night

I usually begin my posts with an attempt at humor. Night does not lend itself to humor. I will, therefore, forego my humor attempt and head straight to this human rights lesson plan for Night.Let's start with the graphic … [Read more...]

Teaching Of Mice and Men without Offending Everyone

I love Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. I've taught it for several years. The novel's harsh language does present some problems.The Lord's name is used in vain 26 times. There are 41 additional instances of Deity being … [Read more...]

First Week of School Activity or a Creative Book Report Any Time of Year

An opening of school lesson plan tale for the ages. Or you could just scroll to the bottom and download the handout and PowerPoint. "I have a great first week of school activity!" shouted Mr. 1973. "I can assign a 29-page … [Read more...]

Puzzle Maker Fallen Phrase Instructions Powerpoint Presentation

Gone are the days of the crossword puzzle and word search.But that doesn't mean you can't do puzzle-type activities. Discovery's Puzzle Maker app--in addition to crosswords and word searches--allows you to make Fallen … [Read more...]

Lesson Plans for The Odyssey: Alternative Book Report for Becoming the World’s Greatest Epic Hero or Heroine

I had just finished teaching The Odyssey. I nailed it with my Odyssey teaching unit, which covered just about every common core objective your local politician and lawyer and school administrator and college professor and … [Read more...]

Back to School Tips for Teachers: The #1 Back to School Tip You Need

Being a teacher and being a Browns fan are quite similar. In August when the start of things are right around the corner, there's a lot of fake optimism. We say the right things only because showing any signs of negativity … [Read more...]

“The Pit and the Pendulum” Movie

The summer of YouTube movies based on short stories is sadly coming to an end.I searched for "The Pit and the Pendulum" movie, and came across an assortment of films, most of them totally inappropriate for classroom … [Read more...]

Edgar Allan Poe at His Absolute Horrific Best

I share with you one of the most beautifully horrific passages in American Literature. It comes from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum." It's a description of the rats in the dungeons of Toledo, for whom the … [Read more...]