“Lamb to the Slaughter” Movie with Lesson Plan for High School

It's summer time and I have no cable. That can only mean one thing: It's time for YouTube videos of short stories I teach. The first movie of the summer is Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter."But before we get to the … [Read more...]

“Lamb to the Slaughter” Lesson Plans

I won't go into too much detail about the first time I taught "Lamb to the Slaughter." Let's just say, I was the lamb.Then I created these "Lamb to the Slaughter" Lesson Plans (like this one on irony in "Lamb to the … [Read more...]

“The Sniper”: Short Story Lesson Plans

On a rooftop near O'Connell Bridge High School, an assistant principal career sniper lay watching. Beside him lay his red pen and over his shoulders was slung a list of standards you weren't teaching. His face was the face of … [Read more...]

“The Open Window” Movie Lesson Plan

I am writing this just a few short long weeks before the end of the school year. I have a lesson plan that makes sense any time of year, but makes even more sense with just a few weeks before the end of the school year.It … [Read more...]

Great End of the Year Short Story: “The Open Window” Lesson Plans

Although you'd be a much better teacher after reading my witty and engaging blog post introduction, I won't be offended if you just download this pdf "Open Window" lesson plan, make copies, and go on your merry way: Theme … [Read more...]

Trent’s Teacher Tips: The Best Thing You Can Do in May to Reduce Stress and Enjoy Summer

The year's almost over, but before you know it the next one's beginning.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvd_O8zAa2MHere's a quick recap:Go to your filing cabinet or files on your computer where you keep your … [Read more...]

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...]