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...]

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...]

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...]

How to Create a Great Lesson Plan in Under 4 Minutes

Let's take the mystery out of how to create a great lesson plan. You already know everything you need to know to write great lesson plans.What You'll need3 Minutes A White Board A White Board Market A Text … [Read more...]

American Literature: Colonial Period, 1607-1783

If you're like me, you spend hours contemplating the colonial period in American History from an historical perspective. But there's a literary perspective as well.In fact, if you're a teacher of American Literature, … [Read more...]

Myth Lesson Plans: The Hero’s Journey and Perseus

Start off with something you can use in your classroom right now: Perseus's Hero's Journey HandoutThis is day 5 of The Odyssey lesson plans. For those who've been following the odyssey of The Odyssey Unit, you may be … [Read more...]

Lesson Plans for The Odyssey: Day One

Teaching The Odyssey brings much joy to my heart. In addition to being a great story, it also signals the end of another school year.I've been teaching Homer's epic for more than a decade. That's anywhere from 3-6 periods … [Read more...]

Collaborative Learning Activity for Busy Teachers

I had the day planned out. Give my write a multiple choice quiz test review assignment and sit in the front of the room and grade papers. Then I heard the new administrator was prowling the halls looking for teachers to … [Read more...]

“Pit and the Pendulum” Lesson Plan with Photo Analysis Worksheet

I hate the term worksheet. It's not the term, actually. It's the connotation. According to search engine data, however, it's not uncommon for individuals to search for a photo analysis worksheet, so that's what I'm calling … [Read more...]

Edgar Allan Poe Poems for Teaching Sound Devices: “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and “Annabel Lee” Audio Book and Quick Lesson Plan

You don't need to feel guilty if all you do is grab this handout for teaching sound devices in poetry and move onto something else.That being said, I think you might benefit from these audio/video clips of Edgar Allan Poe … [Read more...]