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...]

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...]

What is Southern Gothic Literature? Analysis Lesson Plan for Southern Gothic Short Stories

Back in the day when I was on the easy side of the desk, I thought teachers knew everything. Then I became one and realized how foolish those notions were. I did make it a pursuit of mine, however, to learn as much as I … [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...]

“The Fun They Had” Lesson Plan: Theme and Author’s Purpose

Margie even wrote about it that night in her diary. On the page headed May 17, 2157, she wrote, “Today, Mr. Tommy found a real lesson plan book!” It was a very old lesson plan book. Margie’s grandfather once said that when he … [Read more...]

Foreshadowing in “A Rose for Emily” Lesson Plan

WHEN Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole faculty went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her classroom, which no new … [Read more...]

“The Ransom of Red Chief” Lesson Plans

It looked like a good thing: but wait till I tell you. We were down South, in Alabama - Mr. Driscoll and myself-when this "Ransom of Red Chief" lesson plan involving reading the story and answering the questions idea struck … [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...]