“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

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...]

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” for Teaching Literary Criticism

Teaching literary criticism requires finding evidence in the story you're critiquing. It makes sense, therefore, that writing a "Tell-Tale Heart" literary criticism requires important quotes from "The Tell-Tale Heart."You … [Read more...]

Use Edgar Allan Poe Quotes to Help Teach Poe’s Short Stories

It's October, which means tons of high school and middle school students will read stories by Edgar Allan Poe.Of course, you can teach these stories any time of year. I always reserved February for Poe, with a little … [Read more...]

Point of View Lesson Plans and Five More Short Stories for Teaching Point of View in Literature

My "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" lesson plans were a big hit. The world's greatest teachers came from throughout the world to congratulate me. Then I dusted off some point of view lesson plans I borrowed from the guy who'd … [Read more...]

Short Stories for Teaching Imagery Lesson Plans

After teaching students about characterization and point of view, I felt pretty good about myself, so good in fact, that I commissioned the pottery teacher to create an action sculpture of me in the center of my … [Read more...]

“The Raven” Lesson Plans: Symbolism in “The Raven”

My colleague just told me that April was National Poetry month. I thought she was playing an April Fool's joke on me, so I took a swing at her. She blocked the punch, jabbed me in the throat with a paper clip, whacked me on … [Read more...]

Collaborative Learning Activity for Busy Teachers

I had the day planned out. Give my write a multiple choice quiz test review assignment and sit in the front of the room and grade papers. Then I heard the new administrator was prowling the halls looking for teachers to … [Read more...]