The Greatest Poetry Lesson Plan Ever (Video)

Remember that time you decided to teach a poem and all you could think of doing was read it and discuss it?I do.It involved 20 seconds of reading, 4 minutes of students hurrying through a set of questions they put no … [Read more...]

Writing Lesson Plans: The Basics of Teaching Writing

Class is about to start and the school's network just went down, which would be fine if you hadn't saved your class presentation on the network instead of you computer hard drive.So you decide to assign a 52-minute timed … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans Made Simple: How to Create a Short Story Unit (Video)

Remember that time you decided to teach a short story and all you could think of doing was read the story and have students answer the questions?I do.It involved 20 minutes of reading, 10 minutes of students hurrying … [Read more...]

Literary Character Analysis Lesson Plans

If you're busy, go ahead and download this word document and come back later to read this incredibly engaging blog post: Different Types of Characters in Literature.I had just taught some great short stories for … [Read more...]

How to Create a Great Lesson Plan in Under 4 Minutes

Let's take the mystery out of how to create a great lesson plan. You already know everything you need to know to write great lesson plans.What You'll need3 Minutes A White Board A White Board Market A Text … [Read more...]

Teaching Poetry: Examples of Rhythm and Meter in Poetry Lesson Resource

You're busy and I don't want to waste your time, so I'm going to give you a sonnet lesson plan pdf right at the start. It's a good exercise for helping students understand meter and the importance of word choice. Key Points … [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...]

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...]