32 National Poetry Month Lesson Plans

I'm not sure when National Poetry Month became a thing, but it is. And I'm glad. If you feel April is a great time for teaching poetry and you need some poetry lesson plan or poetry teaching ideas, you are in the right … [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...]

“There Will Come Soft Rains” Poem Analysis Lesson Plan

An analysis of the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury requires a "There Will Come Soft Rains" poem analysis. Here it is. "There Will Come Soft Rains" Poetry Analysis Lesson Plan If you're looking for a … [Read more...]

Ray Bradbury Theater: “The Veldt” Movie Lesson Plan

So you just taught "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury and your class loved it. You're wondering if there's a short "The Veldt" movie that you could show--there is--but you don't want to be "that teacher" who just shows movies all … [Read more...]

Lesson Plan: Theme in “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury

Summer vacation never gets old. Never. Even after nearly 20 years of teaching, I feel a wave of joy as the end of the school year approaches. And then one year, they changed the school calendar so the school year started two … [Read more...]

“There Will Come Soft Rains” Lesson Plans: Setting and Plot

In the classroom the teacher voice sang, "Tick-tock, seven o'clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o'clock!" as if it were afraid nobody would. The classroom lay sleeping, the result of boring lesson plans. The clock … [Read more...]

“The Veldt” Lesson Plans: Conflict Analysis

“Mr. George, I wish you’d look at "The Veldt" lesson plan. “What’s wrong with it?” “I don’t know.” “Well, then.” “I just want you to look at it, is all, or call a psychologist in to look at it.” “What would a … [Read more...]

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...]