Short Stories for Teaching Imagery Lesson Plans

After teaching students about characterization and point of view, I felt pretty good about myself, so good in fact, that I commissioned the pottery teacher to create an action sculpture of me in the center of my … [Read more...]

“Pit and the Pendulum” Lesson Plan with Photo Analysis Worksheet

I hate the term worksheet. It's not the term, actually. It's the connotation. According to search engine data, however, it's not uncommon for individuals to search for a photo analysis worksheet, so that's what I'm calling … [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 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...]

Edgar Allan Poe at His Absolute Horrific Best

I share with you one of the most beautifully horrific passages in American Literature. It comes from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum." It's a description of the rats in the dungeons of Toledo, for whom the … [Read more...]