Christmas Short Stories and Poems for High School

Let's stop pretending it's not Christmas season. Here are some good short stories, poems and other Christmassy literary works to teach during the holidays."The Gift of the Magi" by O' Henry. I'll admit I get a little … [Read more...]

“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Summary with Analysis

Every now and then, teachers gotta wing it. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t—like that time I tried to teach “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” without prepping.It was in the appendix of the edition of Frankenstein I … [Read more...]

I Hear My Lesson Plan Book Singing: Walt Whitman Lesson Plans

I remember the first set of Walt Whitman Lesson Plans I used. They were given to me by Mr. DrillandKill. It was more like "I Hear America Yawning" in my classroom and "Beat! Beat! Drums" followed by me beating my head with a … [Read more...]

“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” Analysis and Lesson Plan on Poetic Form

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" is one of the most oft read poems in the English language. A YouTube search alone produces a myriad of readings.In fact, here's Dylan Thomas himself reading his … [Read more...]

19 Popular Poems Taught in High School Lesson Plans

Remember the first time you taught a poem to your high school English class? If you're like me, it went something like this: Me: Read poem (30 seconds) followed by an open-ended question, something like "What do you think of … [Read more...]

A Book Report Lesson Plan for Poetry

Remember the last time you assigned a book report and you got 273 book reports with the exact words: "I read ________. I liked some parts. I didn't like some parts. Here is my book report" in the introduction followed by a … [Read more...]

Teaching English Romantic Poetry: How Many of These 19 Poems Have You Taught?

After studying and teaching English Romantic Poetry and finding myself aglow with delight, I built a time machine and traveled back 30 years to talk to my teenage self. Here's what transpired: Me: Hey, Trent!Teenage Me: … [Read more...]

A Robert Frost Lesson Plan for National Poetry Month: Symbolism in the Poems of Robert Frost

Teaching: An Allegory It was National Poetry Month and Mr. Deadmeat was preparing his Robert Frost lesson plans in anticipation of Principal Istabteachersintheback coming to observe his classroom. It was a symbolism lesson … [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...]

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” Analysis, Lesson Plan, and More

I just found out that on this date in 1923, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" was published. I found out long ago that most people that aren't English teachers don't care about such things.Luckily, you're an English … [Read more...]