Imagery Lesson Plan: Poets for Teaching Imagery

Students need more than the definition of imagery to really get it. Understanding imagery involves interpreting and analyzing the author's purpose for using a specific image or set of images. Good poetry centers around … [Read more...]

7 Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan for High School That Will Get You Fired

The Scarlet Letter is better suited for college reading. That didn't stop my 10th grade teacher from teaching it to me; nor did it stop her from affixing a giant scarlet 'F' on my paper. I foolishly tried teaching it one year … [Read more...]

Teaching The Scarlet Letter: Puritan Video Resources

So what are you doing this weekend? Since I'm teaching The Scarlet Letter soon, I thought I'd throw together some print and video resources on the Puritans. Then maybe I'll party like Dimmesdale at the young abandoned wives … [Read more...]

Realism in Mark Twain’s Short Stories: The Realism of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

The Notorious Principal of Wastemytime School District In compliance with the request of an administrator of mine, who sent me in an e-mail, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Mr. Teachtoolong, and inquired after my … [Read more...]

9 High Interest Short Stories for High School Students

An Occurrence at Owl Creek High School A man stood upon a teacher desk in northern Alabama, looking down into the not so swift students twenty feet below. The teacher's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a … [Read more...]

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...]

Valentine’s Day Short Stories for High School with Valentine’s Day Lesson Plans

Valentine's Day evokes various reactions among high school students. Most of these reactions have one thing in common: overreaction. Use the holiday to your advantage by teaching short stories that involve realistic (and not … [Read more...]

Teaching ELL Students in an ELA Classroom: Edgar Allan Poe in Espanol

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved my students. Many had wronged me. Many had given me insult. … [Read more...]

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...]

Thanksgiving Short Stories for Middle School or High School

If you're like me, you thought, "Hey, it's Thanksgiving soon! I think I'll teach Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high school." So you did a web search for "Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high … [Read more...]