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...]

How Many of These 7 Suspense Short Stories Do You Teach?

I was feeling pretty good about myself after having taught some great short stories with examples of foreshadowing. So good, in fact, that I took down all the pictures of the teachers of the year since 1993 that were hanging … [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...]

Hope for Cleveland Browns Fans: A (Very) Creative Writing Assignment

I love football.Unfortunately, I'm from Cleveland. And what is a fun hobby for many is a factory of sadness for me.To escape from the sadness, I dove into literature. And here's what I came up with. A Creative … [Read more...]

Conflict in Literature: 7 Great Short Story Upsets

In honor of the Rhinos 2-0 upset victory in the parks and rec U10 soccer league, I bring you the seven greatest upsets in literature.Before we get to our list of the greatest short story upsets of all time, I want to make … [Read more...]

“The Most Dangerous” Game Movie with a Lesson Plan

If you're looking for great lesson plans for "The Most Dangerous Game," follow the link.If you're looking for a horrible movie based on a great short story with tons of unintentional comedy, then you're looking for "The … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plan: How to Introduce a Short Story

Every painstaking movement of the second hand on the round 1970s style clock in the front of the classroom deepened the soul-destroying angst in Mr. Nocontext's being. Mr. Jobkiller, the school's new principal, had come to … [Read more...]