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...]

Teaching ELL Students in an ELA Classroom: Edgar Allan Poe in Espanol

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved my students. Many had wronged me. Many had given me insult. … [Read more...]

Christmas Short Stories and Poems for High School

Let's stop pretending it's not Christmas season. Here are some good short stories, poems and other Christmassy literary works to teach during the holidays."The Gift of the Magi" by O' Henry. I'll admit I get a little … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Short Stories for Middle School or High School

If you're like me, you thought, "Hey, it's Thanksgiving soon! I think I'll teach Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high school." So you did a web search for "Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high … [Read more...]

“The Fall of the House of Usher” Movie with Lesson Plan

Halloween approaches and your students are acting more ghoulish than usual. You're getting tired of fighting their tricks and want to give them a Halloween treat without compromising learning.Or maybe it's a random Friday … [Read more...]

6 Lesson Plans for “The Fall of the House of Usher”

These "Fall of the House of Usher"  lesson plans are perfect for Halloween. They also make a great alternative to cheesy love poems around Valentine's Day.*Here's a lesson plan that will help you get off to a good start* … [Read more...]

“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Summary with Analysis

Every now and then, teachers gotta wing it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t—like that time I tried to teach “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” without prepping.It was in the appendix of the edition of Frankenstein I … [Read more...]

What is Gothic Fiction? The Elements of Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories

What is Gothic Fiction? I'm a big fan of American Romanticism and its fascination with death and the supernatural. A subset of American Romanticism that really focuses on this fascination is Gothic Fiction, also known as … [Read more...]

“The Cask of Amontillado” Themes: Quotes from the Cask of Amontillado

THE thousand lesson plans of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon teaching "The Cask of Amontillado" themes without quotes from "The Cask of Amontillado," I vowed revenge. At length I would be … [Read more...]