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...]

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” for Teaching Literary Criticism

Teaching literary criticism requires finding evidence in the story you're critiquing. It makes sense, therefore, that writing a "Tell-Tale Heart" literary criticism requires important quotes from "The Tell-Tale Heart."You … [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...]

Point of View Lesson Plans and Five More Short Stories for Teaching Point of View in Literature

My "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" lesson plans were a big hit. The world's greatest teachers came from throughout the world to congratulate me. Then I dusted off some point of view lesson plans I borrowed from the guy who'd … [Read more...]

“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Lesson Plans

THAT VERY SINGULAR teacher, old Mr. Heidegger, once invited four venerable teachers to meet him in his classroom. There were three white-bearded gentlemen, Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, and Mr. Gascoigne, and a withered … [Read more...]

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” Lesson Plans, Summary, and Analysis

There's a fairly good chance you came across this post because you were searching for a "Rappaccini's Daughter" Lesson Plan, so I'll just get it out of the way. Of course, you're welcome to peruse the entire post. It's pretty … [Read more...]

The Best Nathaniel Hawthorne Short Stories with Summaries and Lesson Plans

A throng of bearded administrators, in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with teachers, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded, was assembled in front of a wooden edifice, the door of which … [Read more...]

Young Goodman Brown Study Guide and Lesson Plans

YOUNG TEACHER BROWN came forth at sunrise, into the halls of Salem high school, but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting "Young Goodman Brown" lesson plan with his supervising administrator. … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans: Underrated Short Stories for High School or Middle School

At the little living-room desk Mr. Boringnecke rolled two sheets of flimsy and a heavier top sheet, carbon paper containing lesson plans for short stories his classes hated. Then, from the short hallway at his back, he heard … [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...]