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

**This post originally appeared on December 11, 2015 when it seemed as though things could not get worse for my beloved Browns. But they did. As the Super Bowl approaches, it's time to bring it back. This is an optional … [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...]

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...]

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...]