“The Open Window” Movie Lesson Plan

I am writing this just a few short long weeks before the end of the school year. I have a lesson plan that makes sense any time of year, but makes even more sense with just a few weeks before the end of the school year.It … [Read more...]

“The Fall of the House of Usher” Movie with Lesson Plan

Halloween approaches and your students are acting more ghoulish than usual. You're getting tired of fighting their tricks and want to give them a Halloween treat without compromising learning.Or maybe it's a random Friday … [Read more...]

Short Story Audio/Video Resources for “Leiningen vs. The Ants”

It's the middle of July. If you're like me—and you probably are since you're searching for ways to improve your teaching—you're dying for a Claymation "Leiningen vs the Ants" video.This 3-minute video is so bad that it's … [Read more...]

The Odyssey Lesson Plans: Trump Calls Cruz a Trojan Horse

According to Fox News Donald Trump called Ted Cruz "worse than a puppet--- he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump."Why do I bring this up? Because today … [Read more...]

Captain Literal to the Rescue

Look, I'm not one of those Grammar Nazis, but as an English teacher I need to draw the line somewhere, figuratively.So I am literally writing this blog post to help you figuratively save the world from the figurative … [Read more...]

Halloween Short Stories not by Edgar Allan Poe

I got this letter from a former student not long ago. Dear Former TeacherYou may not remember me, but I was in your class many years ago. It was Halloween. I hated Halloween. But then you came up with awesome lesson … [Read more...]

“The Pit and the Pendulum” Movie

The summer of YouTube movies based on short stories is sadly coming to an end.I searched for "The Pit and the Pendulum" movie, and came across an assortment of films, most of them totally inappropriate for classroom … [Read more...]

How to Win “The Lottery” in the Classroom with “The Lottery Movie”

Here's a nice "The Lottery" lesson plan.Before you show either of these two movies, print out this Template Literary Interpretation T-Chart and hand it out. Throw one of these objectives on the board; otherwise, you … [Read more...]

Great Essay Topic: Which Literary Character Would Win a Hunger Games Fight to the Death?

I just read "The Lottery" for the first time in over 30 years. As with most things from my youth, it was a lot better in my youth.And like most things as an adult, it gave me a great essay topic. But before we get to the … [Read more...]

“Cask of Amontillado” Movie with Lesson Plan

After my students did so well with my "Cask of Amontillado" lesson plans, I thought I'd reward them with a short "Cask of Amontillado" movie. Unfortunately, the movie was terrible. I now sit in fear, hoping they won't follow … [Read more...]