I Hear My Lesson Plan Book Singing: Walt Whitman Lesson Plans

I remember the first set of Walt Whitman Lesson Plans I used. They were given to me by Mr. DrillandKill. It was more like "I Hear America Yawning" in my classroom and "Beat! Beat! Drums" followed by me beating my head with a … [Read more...]

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...]

How Many of These 5 Start of the School Year Lesson Plans Have You Tried?

Remember how excited everyone was about the new school year during the first week of school and then week 2 came along and reality set in? Let's not lose that enthusiasm.These 5 lesson plans are engaging for student and … [Read more...]

19 Popular Poems Taught in High School Lesson Plans

Remember the first time you taught a poem to your high school English class? If you're like me, it went something like this: Me: Read poem (30 seconds) followed by an open-ended question, something like "What do you think of … [Read more...]

A Book Report Lesson Plan for Poetry

Remember the last time you assigned a book report and you got 273 book reports with the exact words: "I read ________. I liked some parts. I didn't like some parts. Here is my book report" in the introduction followed by a … [Read more...]

Young Goodman Brown Study Guide and Lesson Plans

YOUNG TEACHER BROWN came forth at sunrise, into the halls of Salem high school, but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting "Young Goodman Brown" lesson plan with his supervising administrator. … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans: Underrated Short Stories for High School or Middle School

At the little living-room desk Mr. Boringnecke rolled two sheets of flimsy and a heavier top sheet, carbon paper containing lesson plans for short stories his classes hated. Then, from the short hallway at his back, he heard … [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...]

10 Activities and Lesson Plans for Of Mice and Men

They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Both were dressed in school administrator skirts and in school administrator coats with brass buttons. Both carried black, … [Read more...]

“Through the Tunnel” Lesson Plans to Get You Through the Day

If you're in a hurry and are just looking for a handout and lesson plan, here you go. Just come back and read the rest later. You're sure to be enamored with my charm and wit.Personal Tunnels Character Activity … [Read more...]