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 Joyce. May is the time for high interest short stories. May is the time for short stories easy […]

Short Story Lesson Plans: Underrated Short Stories for High School or Middle School

At the little living-room desk Mr. Boringnecke rolled two sheets of flimsy and a heavier top sheet, carbon paper containing lesson plans for short stories his classes hated. Then, from the short hallway at his back, he heard the muffled clang of wire notebooks in the classroom, and at this reminder of how bored his […]

Short Story Audio/Video Resources for “Leiningen vs. The Ants”

It’s the middle of July. If you’re like me—and you probably are since you’re searching for ways to improve your teaching—you’re dying for a Claymation “Leiningen vs the Ants” video. This 3-minute video is so bad that it’s good. Although it’s horrible, your students will think you’re pretty cool for showing it. It serves as […]