The Great Gatsby Literary Analysis Lesson Plan

It was a matter of chance that I should have worked at a school in one of the strangest communities in North America. It was on that slender riotous island which extends itself due east of New York — and where there are, … [Read more...]

The Great Gatsby Lesson Plans

In my younger and more vulnerable years my mentor teacher gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one's lesson plans,” he told me, “just remember that … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Greatest Poetry Lesson Plan Ever (Video)

Remember that time you decided to teach a poem and all you could think of doing was read it and discuss it?I do.It involved 20 seconds of reading, 4 minutes of students hurrying through a set of questions they put no … [Read more...]

Writing Lesson Plans: The Basics of Teaching Writing

Class is about to start and the school's network just went down, which would be fine if you hadn't saved your class presentation on the network instead of you computer hard drive.So you decide to assign a 52-minute timed … [Read more...]

Short Story Lesson Plans Made Simple: How to Create a Short Story Unit (Video)

Remember that time you decided to teach a short story and all you could think of doing was read the story and have students answer the questions?I do.It involved 20 minutes of reading, 10 minutes of students hurrying … [Read more...]

Literary Character Analysis Lesson Plans

If you're busy, go ahead and download this word document and come back later to read this incredibly engaging blog post: Different Types of Characters in Literature.I had just taught some great short stories for … [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...]