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

Before you read my clever introduction, here's a Cask of Amontillado quotations writing assignment: Quotations Writing Assignment for Cask of AmontilladoTHE thousand lesson plans of Fortunato I had borne as I best … [Read more...]

How Many of These 7 Suspense Short Stories Do You Teach?

I was feeling pretty good about myself after having taught some great short stories with examples of foreshadowing. So good, in fact, that I took down all the pictures of the teachers of the year since 1993 that were hanging … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans: 5 More Short Stories for Teaching Irony

Regular readers of this blog are aware of my fascination with Ender Wiggin, Lennie Smalls, and sports teams from the state of Ohio. What they may not be aware of is my fascination with irony. In fact, I once stayed up late … [Read more...]

Conflict in Literature: 7 Great Short Story Upsets

In honor of the Rhinos 2-0 upset victory in the parks and rec U10 soccer league, I bring you the seven greatest upsets in literature.Before we get to our list of the greatest short story upsets of all time, I want to make … [Read more...]

Three Stupid Characters in American Literature

In honor of Columbus Day, I remind you of the following, courtesy of The History Channel. For nearly a decade, Columbus lobbied European monarchies to bankroll his quest to discover a western sea route to Asia. In Portugal, … [Read more...]

“Cask of Amontillado” Movie with Lesson Plan

After my students did so well with my "Cask of Amontillado" lesson plans, I thought I'd reward them with a short "Cask of Amontillado" movie. Unfortunately, the movie was terrible. I now sit in fear, hoping they won't follow … [Read more...]