32 National Poetry Month Lesson Plans

I'm not sure when National Poetry Month became a thing, but it is. And I'm glad. If you feel April is a great time for teaching poetry and you need some poetry lesson plans or poetry teaching ideas, you are in the right … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: March Madness Meets Common Core Writing and Reading for Information Standards

It was my second year teaching. It was the third Thursday in March. I was watching basketball. My administrator, Ms. Killjoy, thought that the third Thursday in March was a good day to observe my class. She pulled a pink slip … [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...]

Teaching Edgar Allan Poe Poems: A 4-Step Lesson Plan for Annabel Lee

For the most wild, yet most homely blog post which I am about to type, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not --and … [Read more...]

Poems for Valentine’s Day

Here's a lesson plan: Examples of Figurative Language in PoetryThere are few things more annoying for a high school teacher than the silliness of Valentine's Day. I'm referring to the constant interruptions of love-grams, … [Read more...]

The Super Bowl of Hunting and “The Most Dangerous Game” Lesson Plan

I'm just going to give you the lesson plan before you start reading: "The Most Dangerous Game": The Super Bowl of HuntingThis doesn't have to be a "Most Dangerous Game" essay lesson plan. It can be "Most Dangerous Game" … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Love Poems and Lesson Plans

I will now list the three most annoying days of the school year:1. The first day 2. September 3. Valentine's DayUnfortunately, Valentine's day falls on a Thursday this year, which gives students 4 days to to send … [Read more...]

All Summer in a Day Lesson Plans: Setting and Sensory Details

It had been raining insults for seven years; thousand upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with insults, with the drum and gush of criticism, with the sweet crystal fall of back-handed … [Read more...]

Characters in Frankenstein with Analysis and Lesson Plan

If you're reading Frankenstein and need a little help remembering the characters, here you go. If you're teaching Frankenstein and need a character analysis lesson plan, here you go: Frankenstein Character Analysis Lesson … [Read more...]

Lord of the Flies Lesson Plans

The teacher with fair hair lowered herself down the last few feet of desk and began to pick her way toward the filing cabinet. Though she had taken off her school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, her grey shirt stuck … [Read more...]