Teaching Poetry: Examples of Rhythm and Meter in Poetry Lesson Resource

You're busy and I don't want to waste your time, so I'm going to give you a sonnet lesson plan pdf right at the start. It's a good exercise for helping students understand meter and the importance of word choice. Key Points … [Read more...]

“Wild Nights – Wild Nights!” A Poem by Emily Dickinson Lesson Plan for National Poetry Month

If your idea of a wild night involves reviewing poetry lesson plans, then get a life. If you need a quick poem that might grab the attention of teenagers and a nifty lesson plan to go with it, get this lesson … [Read more...]

Sound Devices Lesson Plan

Hey! It's National Poetry Month!This chart will accomplish your objectives with just about any poem involving sound devices: Sound Devices in Poetry. Key Points When Teaching Sound Devices in Poetry There are levels of … [Read more...]

Imagery Lesson Plan: Poets for Teaching Imagery

Students need more than the definition of imagery to really get it. Understanding imagery involves interpreting and analyzing the author's purpose for using a specific image or set of images. Good poetry centers around … [Read more...]

7 Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan for High School That Will Get You Fired

The Scarlet Letter is better suited for college reading. That didn't stop my 10th grade teacher from teaching it to me; nor did it stop her from affixing a giant scarlet 'F' on my paper. I foolishly tried teaching it one year … [Read more...]

Teaching The Scarlet Letter: Puritan Video Resources

So what are you doing this weekend? Since I'm teaching The Scarlet Letter soon, I thought I'd throw together some print and video resources on the Puritans. Then maybe I'll party like Dimmesdale at the young abandoned wives … [Read more...]

Realism in Mark Twain’s Short Stories: The Realism of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

The Notorious Principal of Wastemytime School District In compliance with the request of an administrator of mine, who sent me in an e-mail, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Mr. Teachtoolong, and inquired after my … [Read more...]

9 High Interest Short Stories for High School Students

An Occurrence at Owl Creek High School A man stood upon a teacher desk in northern Alabama, looking down into the not so swift students twenty feet below. The teacher's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a … [Read more...]

Hope for Cleveland Browns Fans: A (Very) Creative Writing Assignment

**This post originally appeared on December 11, 2015 when it seemed as though things could not get worse for my beloved Browns. But they did. As the Super Bowl approaches, it's time to bring it back. This is an optional … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Short Stories for High School with Valentine’s Day Lesson Plans

Valentine's Day evokes various reactions among high school students. Most of these reactions have one thing in common: overreaction. Use the holiday to your advantage by teaching short stories that involve realistic (and not … [Read more...]