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...]

10 Activities and Lesson Plans for Of Mice and Men

They had walked in single file down the path, and even in the open one stayed behind the other. Both were dressed in school administrator skirts and in school administrator coats with brass buttons. Both carried black, … [Read more...]

Three Stupid Characters in American Literature

In honor of Columbus Day, I remind you of the following, courtesy of The History Channel. For nearly a decade, Columbus lobbied European monarchies to bankroll his quest to discover a western sea route to Asia. In Portugal, … [Read more...]

Human Rights Lesson Plan for Night

I usually begin my posts with an attempt at humor. Night does not lend itself to humor. I will, therefore, forego my humor attempt and head straight to this human rights lesson plan for Night.Let's start with the graphic … [Read more...]

Teaching Of Mice and Men without Offending Everyone

I love Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. I've taught it for several years. The novel's harsh language does present some problems.The Lord's name is used in vain 26 times. There are 41 additional instances of Deity being … [Read more...]

9th Grade Summer Reading List

It's 111 degrees right now. It's summer.I teach 9th graders. That means I'm not working right now. If you're a 9th grader, you must be having a really boring summer if you're reading this. If you're a teacher or a parent … [Read more...]

8 Short Stories and Novels that Exemplify the Dangers of Big Government

It's April 15 and if you haven't filed your taxes yet, you might want to look into that. By the way, don't come to me for tax advice. You can come to me for lesson plan advice.Or for clever lists like this one. In honor … [Read more...]

The All Time Greatest Conflicts in Literature and Their Sports Equivalent

The problem with being a huge sports fan and an English teacher is I have difficulty separating the two. When I watch sports I imagine conflicts in literature. When I read about conflicts in literature, I think about … [Read more...]

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Video Resources

I had never taught Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I had read it and was familiar with the myriad allusions to Jekyll and Hyde in popular culture, which is why I was stunned when 3/4 of … [Read more...]

Lesson of the Day: The Great Depression and Of Mice and Men Research

For an English teacher, there are few things more annoying and soul-breaking than assigning and working on and grading research papers written by 9th graders. I say this only because I was once rushed to the hospital with … [Read more...]