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 very surely do I not dream. My immediate purpose […]

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 Day Unfortunately, Valentine’s day falls on a Thursday this year, which gives students 4 days to to send balloons, cheap flowers, teddy bears that will be thrown out by President’s Day, and a bazillion […]

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 thought into, and 47 minutes and 56 seconds of me distributing bathroom […]