American Literature: Colonial Period, 1607-1783

If you're like me, you spend hours contemplating the colonial period in American History from an historical perspective. But there's a literary perspective as well.In fact, if you're a teacher of American Literature, … [Read more...]

Myth Lesson Plans: The Hero’s Journey and Perseus

Start off with something you can use in your classroom right now: Perseus's Hero's Journey HandoutThis is day 5 of The Odyssey lesson plans. For those who've been following the odyssey of The Odyssey Unit, you may be … [Read more...]

Lesson Plans for The Odyssey: Day One

Teaching The Odyssey brings much joy to my heart. In addition to being a great story, it also signals the end of another school year.I've been teaching Homer's epic for more than a decade. That's anywhere from 3-6 periods … [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...]

“Pit and the Pendulum” Lesson Plan with Photo Analysis Worksheet

I hate the term worksheet. It's not the term, actually. It's the connotation. According to search engine data, however, it's not uncommon for individuals to search for a photo analysis worksheet, so that's what I'm calling … [Read more...]

Edgar Allan Poe Poems for Teaching Sound Devices: “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and “Anabel Lee” Audio Book and Quick Lesson Plan

You don't need to feel guilty if all you do is grab this handout for teaching sound devices in poetry and move onto something else.That being said, I think you might benefit from these audio/video clips of Edgar Allan Poe … [Read more...]

Teaching Edgar Allan Poe Poems: A 4-Step Lesson Plan for Annabel Lee

For the most wild, yet most homely blog post which I am about to type, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not --and … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl of Hunting and “The Most Dangerous Game” Essay Lesson Plan

This doesn't have to be a "Most Dangerous Game" essay lesson plan. It can be "Most Dangerous Game" analysis lesson plan or simply a "Most Dangerous Game" discussion lesson plan. It's up to you.Now that I think about it, … [Read more...]

Logical Fallacies Lesson Plan with a Logical Fallacies Quiz (Kind of)

Below is a one-sided conversation I had with a student the other day:"Hey Mr., You're my favorite teacher. Will you change my grade?" (1)"Hey Mr., I'm about to cry. My poor puppy just died. Will you change my grade?" … [Read more...]

Characterization Lesson Plan and Creative Writing Assignment: Add a Character

It's one thing to teach characterization in short stories and other literary pieces. In fact, I have a nice characterization chart (at the top of the aforelinked page), which will help you teach direct and indirect … [Read more...]