“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...]

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 PoetryThere are levels … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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

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...]