Literary Character Analysis Lesson Plans

If you're busy, go ahead and download this word document and come back later to read this incredibly engaging blog post: Different Types of Characters in Literature.I had just taught some great short stories for … [Read more...]

“Masque of the Red Death” Movie with Lesson Plan

Just in case reading "Masque of the Red Death" isn't creepy enough, here's  "Masque of the Red Death" movies to freak people out.And here's a "Masque of the Red Death" movie lesson plan to freak out your … [Read more...]

Who is Friar Lawrence? One Teacher’s Thoughts

Ok, I'll admit I'm a little obsessive when it comes to literary characters. Here's my rant about Friar Lawrence from Romeo and Juliet. I recorded it at Friar Lawrence's cell.This video rant serves as a decent summary of … [Read more...]

How to Create a Great Lesson Plan in Under 4 Minutes

Let's take the mystery out of how to create a great lesson plan. You already know everything you need to know to write great lesson plans.What You'll need3 Minutes A White Board A White Board Market A Text … [Read more...]

“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...]