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Lesson Plans and Resources for Adolescent
and Young Adult Literature

This site contains links to lesson plans and resources for adolescent and young adult (grades 6-12) literature, including short stories, mysteries, and English literature. I have tried to include only links to materials that are FREE! If you find that I have linked to something that isn't free, please let me know. Since there is considerable overlap between authors and titles for children and adolescents, go to my site for children's literature if you do not find what you need on this page.  Last updated June 7. 2014!



Index: Multiple Works/Collections of Lesson Plans; Resources for Adolescent Literature; Short Stories; Specific Authors/Works (Alphabetical by Author: A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - XYZ); English/Shakespearean Lit.; Mysteries; Drama, Mythology, and Poetry; Rubrics for the Language Arts; Return to Educational Resources and Lesson Plans; Go to the NCTE Home Page

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Collections and Lesson Plans for Multiple Authors/Works
Doucette Index
A search engine for K-12 literature-based teaching ideas. Just type in the name of the book or author and click on Begin Search.

Booktalks: Quick and Simple
Over 300 "booktalks" for introducing the works to students.

The Big Read
Teacher's guides and reader's guides for more than 30 authors and their works. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.    

Class Zone Mc Dougall Littell Novel Guides
Guides including a summary, suggested teaching activities, and research assignments for more than 60 popular works.

Random House Teachers & Librarians
Educator guides and book talks for many popular novels. The site is searchable by author, title, theme, or grade level.

Web English Teacher - Young Adult Literature

An alphabetical index (by author) of lesson plans and resources as well as a list of "special collections." See also
Web English Teacher Index to Literature Sites.

Teaching Literature: Fiction and Non-Fiction
About 20 lesson plans from The English Teacher.

Literature Lesson Plans
More than lesson plans from Discovery Education.

EDSITEment Literature and Language Arts
Many high quality lesson plans from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lesson Plans from Scholastic
A searchable collection of lesson plans, many of which are literature-related.

Literature and Poetry Lesson Plans
From the Library of Congress Teachers Resources.

Young Adult Books Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the Lesson Corner.

Literature Lesson Plans

From Glencoe Online.

Menu of Novel Resources
An alphabetical index from About.com Secondary Education.

Novels and Stories
Essay topics, resources, activities, and lesson plans for a large number of authors and works, also from About.com.

Decades of the 20th Century Project
A high school lesson plan that provides an overview of 20th Century literature.

Woman: Her American Experience
An 18-week literature course for the 12th-grade complete with information and lesson plans.

Twentieth Century Latin American Writing
A collection of units for middle school and high school.

Crossing the Border: A Study of Immigration Through Literature
A unit for grades 6-8.

Detective Fiction: Its Use as History and Fiction
A secondary unit.

Latin American Short Fiction

A unit for grades 7-12.

Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think.

Course Materials for the Study of Science Fiction
Study guides for nine works of science fiction including The War of the Worlds and The Martian Chronicles.

Literature Resources
Pronouncing Dictionary of Authors' Names
An alphabetical pronunciation guide.

Vandergrift's Young Adult Literature Page
A site designed to be a resource for both teachers and students.

Malspina Great Books.    
A well-indexed site that allows users to browse alphabetically or by "labels." See also  Great Books Foundation.

Victorian Web
Excellent resource for information about Victorian authors and their works.

Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature: An Overview
Another excellent resource.

Literature (English and American)
Many resources from MIT.

Literary Movements
Timeline, authors, Movements. See also American Literature: Major Movements and Terms.

American Authors on the Web

Links to sites about American authors.

Science Fiction Resource Guide

Short Story Lesson Plans
Interpreting a Short Story
An 8th-grade lesson plan from LearnNC.

How to Read a Short Story
Good information to share with your students before assigning a short story.

Around the Room Short Story
A lesson plan from the Beacon Lesson Plan Library.

Short Stories and Sitcoms
A middle-grade lesson plan.

Short Story Writing
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Scholastic.

Write a Short Story in One Class!
Another middle-grade lesson plan.

Elements of the Short Story
An extensive unit for grades 7-8. See also The Story Elements and Elements of the Short Story: Online Activities.  

Latin American Short Fiction
A curriculum unit for grades 7-12.

Teaching Plot Structure throough Short Stories
A high school leson plan from ReadWriteThink. See also Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres and Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts for other high school lesson plans from this same source.

Short Story Unit
An elaborate unit for grades 11-12. See also Short Story Unit Plan for another high school unit.

Fountains of Colour
A short story WebQuest.

The Short Story
Resources for an Internet-based unit for grades 9-12.



Specific Authors/Works (Listed Alphabetically by Author)
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - XYZ

If the book or author for which you are looking is not listed here, please try The Doucette Index, Random House Teacher's Guides, The Gateway,   Class Zone Mc Dougall Littell Novel Guides, or Web English Teacher - Young Adult Fiction

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Rudolfo Anaya
A high school unit on The Legend of La Llorona. Click here for information on Anaya.

Bless Me, Ultima
A 10-day unit for this novel by Rudolfo Anaya.

Autobiography: Maya Angelou
A unit based on the novels of Maya Angelou, including her famous work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
An 9th-grade unit with more than 20 lesson plans.

Amazing Grace
A unit on the lives of Maya Angelou and James Comer.  

Jane Austen
A secondary lesson plan on Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Nothing But the Truth (Avi)
A middle school lesson plan examining freedom of speech that uses this book by Avi.

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Natalie Babbit
Links to lesson plans and resources for Tuck Everlasting from Web English Teacher.  

Caroline Bock
Teacher's guides for the critically-acclaimed novels, Before My Eyes and Lie. See Caroline's home page.

Ray Bradbury
Lesson plans and resources from Web English Teacher. See also Ray Bradbury's Official Web Site and Study Guide for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles.  

Fahrenheit 451
A teaching guide for this Bradbury novel. See also
Fahrenheit 451: Teacher's Guide - Schedule / Lesson Plans, Fahrenheit 451 Lesson Plan, and Spark Notes: Fahrenheit 451.

The Good Earth
Lesson plans and teaching ideas for Pearl S. Buck's novel, The Good Earth. See also The Good Earth and The China Research Paper for an 8th-grade unit using this book. For other lesson plans on Pearl Buck and her novels, see Pearl S. Buck: On Discovering America and The Big Gate by Pearl S. Buck Lesson Plan.

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Lewis Carroll
Click above for lesson plans and resources for Alice in Wonderland .

Lesson Plan for Ceremony
A lesson plan examining Ceremony in the context of monomyth as defined by  Joseph Campbell's
The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Willa Cather
A lesson plan titled "Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's My Antonia. "

Geoffrey Chaucer
Click above to go to lesson plans and resources for Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales .

Kate Chopin and Other Woman Writers at the Turn of the Century
A lesson plan suitable for grades 11-12. See also Kate Chopin's The Awakeing: No Choice but Under? (9-12 unit) and Kate Chopin @ Web English Teacher (many resources and lesson plans).

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons: the Middle East Through Literature
A high school lesson plan using Barbara Cohen's retelling of this traditional Arabic tale.

Novel Ideas: The Hunger Games Lesson Plan

Lesson ideas from Bright Hub for teaching about Suzanne Collins' hit book. See also The Hunger Games Trilogy Discussion Guide, Teaching The Hunger Games: Guide to Catching Fire, The Hunger Games Resources and The Odds Ever in Your Favor: Ideas and Resources for Teaching The Hunger Games.

Introducing The Hunger Games
An excellent 9th-grade lesson plan submitted by one of the students in my Educational Psychology class.

Robert Cormier
A biography and links to lesson ideas for The Chocolate War and other works. See also
Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? Fight the Good Fight: Effectively Teach the Chocolate War with This Cross-Discipline Lesson Plan, and Novel Guide: The Chocolate War.  

War Beyond Romance: The Red Badge of Courage and Other Considerations
An extensive high school unit on this novel by Stephen Crane.  

Courage and Fear
A lesson plan using The Red Badge of Courage developed as an example of confluent/holistic education. See also Red Badge of Courage: A New Kind of Realism.

Caring for Cambodia: Children of the River
An Internet-based high school lesson plan for Linda Crew's  novel. See also Children of the River for a summary and discussion questions.

Karen Cushman
Lesson plans and other resources for teaching about Ms. Cushman's novels.

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A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca
A high school lesson plan on Dante's Divine Comedy. See also Dante Lessons for the Web for additional teaching ideas. For extensive information and resources on Dante, go to the Digital Dante.

Unit Guide: Lessons on Dante's Inferno
A ten-lesson unit, plus related grammar lessons and writing assignments. For additional resources for teaching Dante's Inferno, see  Project Ideas for Dante and Study Guide: The Inferno.

Charles Dickens
Click above to go to lesson plans for Dickens.

Lois Duncan
Teachers guides for Lois Duncan's books. See also Gallows Hill Teachers Guide and go to Web English Teacher for links to teachers guides for several other books by Lois Duncan including I Know What You Did Last Summer.             

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Ralph Ellison

A lesson plan for grades 11-12. For further information on Ellison and The Invisible Man, click on the preceding colored text.
See also Vocabulary from Invisible Man.

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Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying: Form of a Funeral
A five-lesson unit 9-12 from EDSITEment. See also
William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury": Narrating the Compson Family Decline and the Changing South for another five-lesson unit, A Vast and Enduring Monument: William Faulkner’s Literary Lesson Plan (grades 7-12), and  Teaching Faulkner, articles and suggestions for the teaching of Faulkner's works in high school or college.

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
A lesson plan and links to other resources and teaching activities. Click here for information on Fitzgerald. See also
The "Secret Society" and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
and Connotation, Character, and Color Imagery in The Great Gatsby for other lesson plans, as well as An Index to the Great Gatsby, and The Great Gatsby: A Beginner's Guide for useful resources.

Slave Dancer
A teacher's guide for this novel by Paula Fox.  See also Paula Fox @ Web English Teacher.

Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945: Teacher Workbook)
Lesson plans for grades 3-12 for teaching about Anne Frank and Holocaust-related subjects. See also Anne Frank Intro, a middle school lesson plan; Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands, a lesson plan for grades 6-8; Ann Frank: Writer, another middle-grade lesson plan; Anne Frank WebQuest, an excellent Internet activity for grades 7-9;  The Truth About Anne Frank, A 12-lesson unit; Anne Frank Center U.S.A., photographs and information about Anne's journal and how it survived World War II; and Remeber.org, a comprehensive site with images and recollections of survivors, a teacher's guide, and links.

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Ernest J. Gaines
A 10-day uit complete with handouts for A Lesson Before Dying. See also A Lesson Before Dying Teacher's Guide. Click here for links to biographical information and lesson plans for several other books by Gaines.

Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Lesson: Lord of the Flies and Texting a Response to Lord of the Flies for other lesson plans on this novel by William Golding.  

The Summer of My German Soldier
A unit titled " World War II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's Literature" using Betty Greene's novel as well as other books about the war. See also A Guide to Summer of My German Soldier.

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A Raisin in the Sun A "novel guide" complete with suggested teaching activities for this book by Lorraine Hansberry. See also Quest for the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun.

The Endless Steppe
A 6th-grade technology-based lesson plan in which students create a multimedia project related to this book by Esther Hautzig.

Hawthorne: Author and Narrator
A high school lesson plan for Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. See also The Scarlet Letter for a secondary unit and
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Literary Humor for another lesson plan
.

Joseph Heller's Catch 22
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Discovery Education.  Click here for information on Heller. See also Internet Resources: Joseph Heller Catch-22.  

Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again
A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think.

"Three Shots": Earnest Hemingway's Nick Adams
A high school lesson plan from Edsitement. For Hemingway information, go to Timeless Hemingway or the Hemingway Society.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
A high school lesson plan.

The Old Man and the Sea
A high school lesson plan from Learn NC. See also
Old Man and the Sea 11 LP, and Fishing with Hemingway, Earnest Hemingway@Web English Teacher.

Discovering Hemingway and Myself
An elaborate high school unit. See also Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Time for additional lesson plans.

A Farewell to Arms: Teacher's Guide - Schedule / Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and
a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms from the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read.

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
Six lesson plans for grades 6-8 from PBS.

Cat in the Rain

A lesson plan for this Hemingway story from ESL Voices. See also Revisiting Hemingway . . . In Audio.

Ideas for teaching Hemingway's A Moveable Feast

Just what the title says!

The Outsiders
An 8th-grade unit for this novel by S.E Hinton. For other lesson plans, see
Lesson Plan: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Teaching The Outsiders, The Outsiders, and Get Inside the Outsiders.

Farewell to Manzanar
A middle school unit based on Jeane Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston's historical narrative. See also Letters from the  Japanese-American Internment, and Japanese-American Internment.

Les Miserables
Questions, discussion ideas, assignments, and writing projects for Victor Hugo's classic novel. See also Teachers Notes Les Miserables, Moral Dilemmas: Does the End Justify the Means?,
 
Les Miserables Connection and Victor Hugo Central.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
A Teacher's Guide with ten lesson plans for Zora Neale Hurston's book.

Aldous Huxley and Winston Churchill: Thinking about the 1930s
An interesting lesson plan from Winston Churchill.org.  See also Is It Still a Brave New World?,
Brave New World Study Guide, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (assignment),
and Aldous Huxley @ Web English teacher for other lesson plans and teaching resources.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
An elaborate lesson plan for grades 6-8 exploring
Washington Irving's classic novel and  why it still captures the imagination of readers today. See also Kinderhook: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Dubliners by James Joyce
An elaborate teacher's guide. See also
Lesson Plan: Voice and James Joyce, Ulysses Summary and Analysis, and
James Joyce and the Consumption of Empire. 

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Kafka's Metamorphosis
A lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka for another lesson plan and Franz Kafka for an author profile from Random House.

Helen Keller (Famous Person)
There are many lesson plans and units about Helen Keller available on the Internet, including this one for middle-grade students titled Famous Person: Helen Keller, which uses Keller's book, The Story of My Life . For other lessons, see Helen Keller (grades 2-4) and Helen Keller Lesson Plans (homeschool). For an interesting lesson plan on Braille meant to be used in a unit on Helen Keller, see Bits of Braille. For a secondary thematic unit using Gibson's The Miracle Worker and other plays, see Inspirational Voices Unit.  Click here  to find links to sites with information about Keller, blindness, and deafness.

Flowers for Algernon
A lesson plan for grades 7-9 on Daniel Keyes' famous novel.

What If: The Seed of a Story
A middle school lesson plan on the short stories of Stephen King. See also Stephen King WebQuest, Teacher's Notes: The Body, and The Horror! The Horror!

Thematic Literature Lesson: “Panache”
A lesson plan on this story from W.P. Kinsella’s Dance Me Outside. See also Socially-based Curriculum Unit: Heightening Our Awareness of Canada’s Native People for a unit using this same anthology.

John Knowles
A "novel guide" that includes a summary, theme openers, teaching activities, and research assignments for A Separate Peace.

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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on this classic work by Harper Lee. See also
To Kill A Mockingbird: Teacher's Guide - Schedule / Lesson Plans,
Spend a Day in My Shoes: Exploring the Role of Perspective in Narrative, To Kill a Mockingbird Unit Plan, and Teaching Prejudice: A Film Presentation and Discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Main Street (Sinclair Lewis)
A teacher's guide in pdf format with an overview, discussion questions, vocabulary, quotations for discussion, and activities for each chapter. For information on Lewis, go to the Sinclair Lewis Society. 


Jack London's Call of the Wild: "Nature Faker?
A lesson plan from EDSITEment.
See also The Call of the Wild: Teacher's Guide - Schedule / Lesson Plans, Understanding The Call of the Wild, Knowledge or Instinct? Jack London's To Build a Fire, Investigating Jack London's White Fang: Nature and Culture Detectives, and The Jack London Online Collection.

A Night to Remember (Walter Lord)
A 9th-grade lesson plan using Walter Lord's book about the Titanic.

The Giver
A lesson plan from Scholastic. See also
Memories Matter: The Giver and Descriptive Writing Memoirs, Random House Teacher's Guide for the Giver, The Giver (middle-grade lesson plan), and The Giver (a fifth-grade WebQuest).

Number the Stars
An intermediate-grade lesson plan on this book by Lois Lowery.   

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Walkabout (James Vance Marshall)
Teacher's notes from Penguin.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

A Teacher's Guide with ten lesson plans for Carson McCullers' classic book.

Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
A high school lesson plan. See also
From Fact To Fiction: Moby DickFrom-Fact-To-Fiction-Moby-Dick
, Vocabulary for Moby Dick, and The Life and Works of Herman Melville.

Vampires and Werewolves and Twilight

A high school lesson plan for this popular book series by Stephenie Meyer. For other lesson plans, see It's the Same Old Story,  Looking for the Byronic Hero Using Twilight's Edward Cullen and Teaching Twilight.

Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
A lesson plan for grades 9-12. See also
, The Salem Witch Trials and Which of You Is a Witch?  

The Bluest Eye
A lesson plan on Tony Morrison's book from a unit titled " A View of Three Cultures through the Eyes of Three Contemporary Women Writers."  See also
In 1931, Toni Morrison was born
and Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved.

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A Guide to Teaching About Freedom Struggles
A teacher's guide with discussion questions, activities, and author information for No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa by Beverley Naidoo and Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom by Doreen Rappaport. 

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The Things They Carried
A Teacher's Guide with ten lesson plans for this book by Tim O'Brien.


Decoding the Dystopian Characteristics of Macintosh's "1984" Commercial
A high school lesson plan that can be used to introduce George Orwell's 1984. See also
Big Brother vs. Little Brother: Updating Orwell, 1984: How Much fact in Fiction? and 1984 Unit for other lesson plans on 1984.  

Animal Farm
An teacher's guide from Penguin for this book by George Orwell. See also  Animal Farm: The Complete Project and Animals Unite.

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Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
Teacher's notes from Penguin for this book by Alan Paton.  

Gary Paulson
The author's home page. If you are interested in finding teaching ideas for Woodsong, go to Woodsong Unit Plan and Woodsong Lesson Plan.

Brian's Winter
A teacher's guide. See also  Teacher's Guide Brian's Return.

Fiction Elements in Hatchet
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from Education World.

A Long Way from Chicago
A lesson plan that can be used as an introduction to this book by Richard Peck. See also Long Way from Chicago Discussion Guide
.

The Ghost Belonged to Me
A review and teaching activities for this novel by Richard Peck.

A Day No Pigs Would Die (Robert Newton Peck)
A biography, historical background, discussion questions, and assignments for this book by Robert Peck.  

Tales of Edgar Allen Poe

A high school lesson plan in which students
identify the feelings/emotions revealed in one of Poe's works and create an original piece that portrays these emotions. For additional lesson plans see The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe;  Poe Lightly; The Life and Works of Edgar Allen Poe; and Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers. For information on Poe, visit A Poe Webliography.  

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Daniel Quinn
A resource for teachers using Quinn's Ishmael.   

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Ayn Rand
Links to lesson plans and other resources for Anthem and The Fountainhead. See also Video Lesson Plan: The Fountainhead and Ayn Rand's Anthem @ Web English Teacher. For extensive information on Rand, go to The Ayn Rand Institute.  

The Westing Game
A 5th-grade WebQuest for Ellen Raskin's novel.  See also  The Westing Game: Student Study Guide.

Wilson Rawls
A discussion guide to Where the Red Fern Grows from Scholastic. See also Novel Study: Where the Red Fern Grows and Where the Red Fern Grows ThinkQuest Page.

Carolyn Reeder
Teacher's notes with activities and discussion questions for Carolyn Reeder's novel, Foster's War.

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Louis Sachar
A teacher's guide from Scholastic complete with a 4-lesson unit for Sachar's Holes.  See also  Holes Activity Guide, Holes by Louis Sachar, and 
Holes by Louis Sachar - Teacher Pages.

The Catcher Controversy
A high school lesson plan on this novel and the controversy surrounding its use in schools. See also Catching on to Catcher in the Rye, The Catcher in the Rye: A Teaching Unit, and
If a Body Texts a Body: Texting in The Catcher in the Rye.
and J. D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal
A study guide for Eric Schlosser's book. See also Comparing the Jungle with Fast Food Nation.

William Shakespeare    
Click above to go to lesson plans and resources for the study of Shakespeare in the English Literature section of this page.

Tales of the Supernatural
A 12th-grade lesson plan for Mary Shelly's Frankenstein

Comparing the Jungle with Fast Food Nation
An interesting lesson plan for grades 8-10 using the books The Jungle and Fast Food Nation. For additional lesson ideas, see also Life in the Jungle, American Writers: Upton Sinclair Video Lesson, and The Power of Fiction.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder
A "novel study" for the middle grades on The Egypt Game.

Gary Soto, poet and children's writer, was born on this date in 1952
Information and an activity from Read-Write-Think. See also
Reading and Writing with Gary Soto,
Buried Onions Lesson Plan, Unit 5: Author Study—Gary Soto,
and Jesse Discussion Guide

Wringer
A Reader's Guide  for this book by Jerry Spinelli. See also Wringer Literature Circle Unit.

Steinbeck: Biography As A Tool In Teaching Reading And Writing Skills
A high school literature unit featuring lessons on The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. See also Teaching Steinbeck.

Penguin Teacher's Guide for Cannery Row
See also Cannary Row Photo Essay.  

The Grapes of Wrath: Scrapbooks and Artifacts
An excellent lesson plan from the Library of Congress. For other lesson plans see
The Grapes of Wrath: Teacher's Guide - Schedule/Lesson Plans, The Grapes of Wrath: Voices from the Great Depression, Woody Guthrie and The Grapes of Wrath, Creating Dramatic Monologues from The Grapes of Wrath, and The Great Depression and the Arts.

Teaching Allegory in Of Mice and Men
A high school lesson plan from Bright Bulb. Scroll down the page for other lesson plans on this novel. See also Of Mice and Men: Cast the Roles and Penguin Teacher's Guide for Of Mice and Men. 

The Pearl
A middle-school unit. See also What About Steinbeck's The Pearl, Lesson Plans for The Pearl and Introduction to The Pearl.         

The Red Pony
A Penguin teacher's guide.  See also
The Red Pony Rides Again.

Treasure Island
A unit on Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel. See also
Teacher Review of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

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The Joy Luck Club
A Teacher's Guide with ten lesson plans for this novel by Amy Tan.


Mildred Taylor
A teacher's study guide for Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor complete with 4 lesson plans and information about Taylor.

J. R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
An extensive unit from Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute for this classic work by J. R. R. Tolkien. See also Ideas for Teachers from the Tolkien Society.

The Death of Ivan Illyich
A Teacher's Guide with ten lesson plans for this book by Leo Tolsty.

Mark Twain and American Humor
A high school lesson plan in which students consider the significance of humor through a study of Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." See also
An American Wit: Approaching Mark Twain’s Life and Works, Mark Twain Primary Source: "Concerning the Interview," Mark Twain and the American West, Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction, The Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum, and Mark Twain and His Times.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also Teaching Twain and ‘Huckleberry Finn’ With The New York Times and  Critical Ways of Seeing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in Context.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: A Teaching Unit for 5th or 6th Grades  
See also
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Teacher's Guide, An Adventure with Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's Cave, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Study Guide, Tom Sawyer: Distance Learning Lesson Plan, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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John Updike
A teachers guide with classroom issues and strategies, questions for discussion, and other helpful information. See also
In Tribute, John Updike’s “A&P” and Characterization, and John (Hoyer) Updike.

Into the Beautiful North
A Teacher's Guide with Ten lesson plan for this book by Luis Alberto Urrea. See also Teacher's Guide to Vatos.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne)
A teachers guide from Penguin Classics
. See also Lesson Tutor: Introducing Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Unit Study.

Homecoming
A "novel guide" that includes a summary, theme openers, teaching activities, and research assignments for this book by Cynthia Voigt.

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Alice Walker
A high school lesson plan titled What Did They Say? Dialect in The Color Purple. For many other lesson plans and resources, go to Alice Walker@ Web English Teacher. Also , take a look at Alice Walker's Garden.  

H. G. Wells
A high school lesson plan on Wells' The War of the Worlds. See also
Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization.

The Time Machine (Wells)
A Learning Guide for use with the movie version of this novel.  See also Reading Lesson: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells - Excerpt.

The Age of Innocence
A teacher's guide with ten lesson plans for this novel by Edith Wharton.  

Thornton Wilder's Our Town: The Reader as Writer
A middle-school lesson plan for this classic play by Thornton Wilder.  See also
Dramatic and Theatrical Aspects in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”: A Common Core Exemplar, The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town Teacher's Guide Our Town and Our Town Imaginary Maps.|

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The Pigman
A multi-lesson unit this book by Paul Zindel. See also Paul Zindel @ Web English Teacher and Pigman Study Guide.

Mysteries
Teaching Mysteries
Lesson plans and information from MysteryNet.com.  

What Is a Mystery?
A lesson plan for grade 4 and up from MysteryNet.com.

Writing a Mystery
A lesson plan for grades 2-7. See also Reading a Mystery.

What's in a Mystery? Exploring and Identifying Mystery Elements
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think.

Exploring the Mystery Genre
A unit from Scholastic for grades 3-5 consisting of three lesson plans.

The Game is Afoot: A Study of Sherlock Holmes
A 5th-grade lesson plan from Core Knowledge in pdf format.

Challenging Children With Mystery Stories
A 5th-grade unit.

The Hound of the Baskervilles Teacher's Guide
A teacher's guide for this mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Westing Game
An 8th-grade unit.

Gender, Race, and Milieu in Detective Fiction
A collection of units complete with lesson plans including It’s A Mystery To Me (using Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue and two other classic mysteries) and Detective Fiction: Focus On Critical Thinking (which uses The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery series).

It's a Mystery!
Five lesson plans for teaching about mysteries from Education World.

Everyone Loves a Mystery: A Genre Study
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read/Write/Think.



English/Shakespearean Literature

The Luminarium
Wonderful site for English literature.

Exploring Arthurian Legend
A web-based lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Heroism in English Myths
A high school lesson plan from a unit on heroism.

Beowulf
Teaching ideas from The English Teacher. See also Beowulf (12th-grade lesson plan),  The Beauty of Anglo Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf (one more high school lesson plan), and Beowulf Spark Notes (an on-line study guide).

Alice in Wonderland
This lesson plan titled "Childhood through the Looking Glass" for grades 6-12 from The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment explores the vision of childhood created by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland . See also Alice in Wonderland, a lesson plan using The Discovery Channel's video; Senses, Spaces And Structure, an elaborate 7th-grade unit using Alice in Wonderland and two other works to explore space and architecture; and Lewis Carrol's Alice, a page containing the 1928 commentary on Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass .

Chaucer's Wife of Bath
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment this character from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. For a comprehensive Chaucer page, go to Harvard University's Geoffrey Chaucer. For other lesson plans, see
Exploring The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales using Wikis     and Playing Chaucer's Pilgrams. See also Canterbury Tales Study Materials from the Luminarium's Geoffrey Chaucer Page. and Teaching the Canterbury Tales in American High Schools. For additional help understanding the language used in this work, go to A Basic Chaucer Glossary.

Charles Dickens at 200
Not a lesson plan, but suggestions on how to teach Charles Dickens in the 21st Century. See also
Dickens 2012 and Teaching Charles Dickens at Victorianweb.org.

Teaching Dickens With The New York Times
Five lesson ideas.

A Dickens of a Time: Discovering the Victorian Period
A middle-school lesson plan.

There Are No Small Parts: Minor Characters in David Copperfield

A high school lesson plan from Read-Write-Think.

Great Expectations
A high school lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party
A lesson plan in which students attend a 19th Century party dressed as a character from Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

The Dickens Project
Resources and activities from USC for reading, studying, and teaching the novels of Charles and his era.

Great Expectations Study Guide
Resource materials for high school and college students. 

C.S. Lewis 
The above link will take you to the definitive C. S. Lewis site. See also
Lesson Plans for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; A Read Aloud Lesson Plan Exploring Fantasy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Study Guide.


Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching Shakespeare
Folger K-12 Teachers
New lesson plans each month as well as a huge lesson plan archive from the Folger Shakespeare Library.  

Exploring Archetypes in Shakespeare
One lesson plan from the above site.

Surfing with the Bard
A collection of lesson plans and resources from Shakespeare High.

Shakespeare
A long list of resources from About.com.

Bill's Allusive Nature: An Introduction to Shakespeare
A high school lesson/assignment that could be used to introduce any Shakespearean play.

The Bard, The Globe, The Midsummer Night's Dream
A 5th-grade lesson plan.

Hamlet and the Elizabethan Revenge Ethic in Film and Text
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEmnet.  See also Hamlet Meets Chusingura: Traditions of the Revenge Tragedy. 

Julius Caesar Lesson Plan: Analyzing Speeches
For grades 9-12. See also Pre-reading for Julius Caesar and A Julius Caesar Unit.

Macbeth
A lesson plan for grades 6-12. See also Shakespeare's MacBeth: Fear and the "Dagger of the Mind."

Shakespeare's MacBeth: Fear and the Motives of Evil
An Internet-based lesson plan.

Shakespeare's Othello and the Power of Language
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: You Kiss by the Book.
An Internet-based secondary lesson plan. See also
Romeo and Juliet...Unfinished Business?

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Forget your book at school? No problem. This site has all of Shakespeare's works online!

Tales of the Supernatural
A 12th-grade unit including a lesson plan for Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.


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