The Landlady Lesson Plans: Making Inferences

Mr. Weaver had traveled down from the lunch room on the slow afternoon cart, with a stop at the library on the way, and by the time he got to his classroom it was about one o’clock in the afternoon and the assistant principal … [Read more...]

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...]