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...]

Science Fiction Short Stories for Middle School and High School

Although I teach high school, I often teach short stories that work for middle school as well. If you need science fiction short stories for middle school or science fiction short stories for high school, here's a good—but … [Read more...]

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...]