Short Stories Made into Movies Lesson Plan

When I first started teaching, the teacher next to me showed Disney movies 3-4 times per week. I didn't feel that was a good use of classroom time.These movies derived from short stories, however, are. Just click on the … [Read more...]

John Keats’ “Bright Star” Analysis and an Analysis of “To Solitude”

Try an analysis of poems by John Keats to impress your coworkers and classmates at your next Friday night poetry party. Or I guess you could use it to make everyone in your English literature class think you're romantic and … [Read more...]

Great Short Stories (and lesson plans) for the End of the School Year

Although we all love National Poetry Month, we love when it ends because that means summer vacation approaches. But there's still a month left.May is not the time for English Romantic poetry, Victorian novels, or James … [Read more...]

John Keats’ Poetry: “Ode to a Nightingale” Analysis and “Ode on Melancholy” Analysis

Analysis of John Keats' OdesUse these John Keats poem interpretations for your next poetry discussion party. You'll find details on two of his most famous odes, "Ode on Melancholy" and "Ode to a Nightingale." If … [Read more...]

Analysis of “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” by John Keats

You probably meant to take your own notes on "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" but you thought that would ruin the experience. Searching for my notes online, however, didn't detract at all from reading one of John … [Read more...]

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci” Analysis

What good did five years of French do me? Well, read this analysis of John Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and see if it was worth anything.If you would like step-by-step instructions on how to do a poetry analysis, … [Read more...]

Emily Dickinson’s Love Poems: An Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s Poems about Love

I love football, chainsaws, boxing, dogs, and wrestling. I am, in short, a man's man. That doesn't mean, however, that I don't read and appreciate love poems by Emily Dickinson.Although there is no one meaning for most … [Read more...]

Poems with Figurative Language

I could have chosen just about any poem for my poems with figurative language page. I chose these because they turn up in literature anthologies and I like them.Here’s a handout you can use if you decide to teach poems … [Read more...]

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry and Short Stories

These Edgar Allan Poe quotes can be used to trick your colleagues, impress your friends, or terrify your enemies. Here's a lesson plan.Edgar Allan Poe Quotes Quote: And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held … [Read more...]

The Simile Poem: “Simile” by N. Scott Momaday

Remember back in the day when you asked your teacher for a simile poem, and she gave you a condescending look and said there's no such thing. Well, there is, literally, a simile poem or, more accurately, a poem called … [Read more...]