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...]

Alternative 2016 Presidential Candidates from Literature

I'm not going to tell you who to vote for. That's not what I do here at ELACommonCoreLessonPlans.com. Nor will I tell you who I'm voting for—you don't care.I do know this. We could do worse. Alternative 2016 Presidential … [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...]

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...]

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...]

“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...]

“The Interlopers” Discussion Questions

The forest classroom of Gradwitz were of wide extent and well stocked with "Interlopers" discussion questions; the narrow strip of portables that lay on its outskirt was not remarkable for the students it harboured or the … [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...]

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...]

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...]