Great Short Stories (and lesson plans) for the End of the School Year

Although we all love National Poetry Month, we love when it ends because that means summer vacation approaches. But there's still a month left.May is not the time for English Romantic poetry, Victorian novels, or James … [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...]

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...]

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...]