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...]

9 High Interest Short Stories for High School Students

An Occurrence at Owl Creek High School A man stood upon a teacher desk in northern Alabama, looking down into the not so swift students twenty feet below. The teacher's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a … [Read more...]

Alternative 2016 Presidential Candidates from Literature

I'm not going to tell you who to vote for. That's not what I do here at ELACommonCoreLessonPlans.com. Nor will I tell you who I'm voting for—you don't care.I do know this. We could do worse. Alternative 2016 Presidential … [Read more...]

Short Stories for Teaching Imagery Lesson Plans

After teaching students about characterization and point of view, I felt pretty good about myself, so good in fact, that I commissioned the pottery teacher to create an action sculpture of me in the center of my … [Read more...]

How Many of These 7 Suspense Short Stories Do You Teach?

I was feeling pretty good about myself after having taught some great short stories with examples of foreshadowing. So good, in fact, that I took down all the pictures of the teachers of the year since 1993 that were hanging … [Read more...]

Halloween Short Stories not by Edgar Allan Poe

I got this letter from a former student not long ago. Dear Former TeacherYou may not remember me, but I was in your class many years ago. It was Halloween. I hated Halloween. But then you came up with awesome lesson … [Read more...]

Conflict in Literature: 7 Great Short Story Upsets

In honor of the Rhinos 2-0 upset victory in the Henderson Parks and Rec U10 soccer league, I bring you the seven greatest upsets in literature.Before we get to our list of the greatest short story upsets of all time, I … [Read more...]

“A Sound of Thunder” Movie with “A Sound of Thunder” Lesson Plans

As I was throwing together a unit for "A Sound of Thunder," I thought I'd check YouTube to see if they had that "Sound of Thunder" movie that came out a few years back that isn't very good.What I found instead was pure … [Read more...]