Teaching Short Stories: Coronavirus Panic Edition

Most of you are probably teaching from somewhere other than a classroom full of students. If you’re looking for short stories that get you through the chaos, you’ve found them. Short Stories in the Time of Coronavirus “Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe. “The “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No […]

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 […]

“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 was a first year teacher, his grandfather told him that there was […]