High School Book Lesson Plans
- ABC Book Publication- Research
ABC books in your library. Study the format of the books. Choose a topic
of interest and research it. Find out information about your topic from
A - Z.
- Advertising Age: Using the Internet- Using Advertising Age's website to
discover the field of advertising.
- Amelia Bedelia- After reading Amelia Bedelia, have the students brainstorm
all the options Mr.& Mrs. Rogers have when they come home and see that
Amelia has misunderstood their instuctions and has ruined their towels
- Amy Lepore- I ask them to compare the tone, purpose, point of view, etc.
of these pieces/people. Then we stage a debate where half the class represents
the Native Americans and half represent the settlers.
- Analysis of Frost's poem The Road Not Taken- Over the next few days, we
are going to concentrate on analyzing a poem by Robert Frost that deals
with decision making.
- Analyzing Huck Finn: A Cooperative Learning Lesson- As a group, discuss
the following question. You will present the answers and quotes to the
class. The answers will be helpful to you on the test at the end of the
- Animal Farm: The Complete Project- Gathering Inoformation, Making Connections.
- Anne Frank intro- Although it is history, I wanted to "ease" my fragile
8th graders into the subject of the Holocaust.
- Another Perspective on Events in the Annex- Have students write a diary
entry of at least 250 words reflecting on or describing one of the main
events of the diary/play from the perspective of another person in hiding
Book Debate - Banning books in schools is a hotly debated practice.
In this activity, students investigate why books are banned and why some
groups are against the idea. In a mock debate, students argue for and
against banning books for an audience of their peers.
- Beowulf- This is a great team lesson (History & English). Using notes on
the time period, discuss the function of the written word at the time
that Beowulf was finally recorded.
- Chaucer- After reading and discussing Chaucer's use of direct and indirect
characterization in "The Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales, discuss the
professions today that might be included by someone who was part of a
group of travelers stranded or together for a long period of time.
- "Dan the Flying Man"- Teach the class to fold paper airplanes. Take them
outside and fly them.
of a Salesman - Biff - This is the first in a group of lessons that
examine Biff's character, primarily in terms of ethics.
of a Salesman Confrontation - The purpose of this lesson is to look
at how Biff has changed, and how questioning the unethical behavior he
has been taught has brought about that change.
of a Salesman - Ethics - This is the third lesson in a series of lesson
that examines Biff's character in terms of ethics.
of a Salesman - Explore Success - In this lesson the students examine
the influences of Ben and Charley as business role models for Willy.
of a Salesman - Importance of Salesmen - This lesson consists of a
look at the profession of the salesman.
of a Salesman - Nature of Salesmen - Students will continue their
examination of the sales profession, and its connection with the American
- Differences Between Fiction and Non-Fiction In the Library-
Talk to the students about what they know about kangaroos. Write these
facts inside the outline of the Kangaroo. Then ask children to use their
imaginations and imagine they would have a pet kangaroo.
- Elements of a story- Following the lesson on the elements of the story,
grade three students will be able to identify, list, recite, recognize,
and verbally explain each of the elements of a story with 100% accuracy.
- Emersonian Jelly Beans- I hand out a jelly bean to
all the students, and ask them to write in their journals for 5 minutes
how a jelly bean is like an idea.
- Exploring the Sonnet- The student will increase knowledge of and analyze
the elements of the sonnet form. (e.g., rhyme scheme, meter, content)
- Final project for unit on Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"
- Interpreting quotes in Romeo and Juliet- As a review of an act or even of
the whole play, copy certain major quotes from the play on a transparency
or on the board and put blanks in them.
- Introduction to "Julius Caesar"- To get my students prepared for the political
ideas and basic plot in "Julius Caesar," I discuss with my students the
American form of government, including our freedoms according to the Constituion.
- Introduction to American Romanticism- The difference between the Age of
Reason and the Age of Romance.
- Introduction to Lord of the Flies- A great intro!
- Introuducing Huckleberry Finn- Let them write their
own monologue, scenario, etc. of appropriate school satire.
- Julius Caesar- Understanding the play, the politics and the supersitions.
Size Characters- Students will focus on a character's
appearance and represent them in a life size (or almost life size) picture
of the character.
Federigo's Falcon - Students will gain understanding of how irony
is used in the story.
- Lord of the Flies Introduction- We end up having a very good discussion
about peer pressure and "why good people do bad things."
- Lord of the Flies: Law and Order- Writing a legal
- Novel challenge- Appreciating literature.
- Of Mice and Men- Encourages quick thinking skills.
- Our Town- "Our Town" is all about what is most important in life, the little
things in life.
- Persona- Creating a literary persona.
- Romeo and Juliet Newspaper- Creating a newspaper based
on reading a play.
- Short Stories and Sitcoms- Comparing literature to modern day fascinations
like the TV will hopefully bring the topic home to students.
- Short Story Framework- From this you give them ideas to start them off and
get them writing their intros. They need to think about character, relationship,
and setting, and must try to show rather than tell, to reveal the above
through dialogue and action.
- Short Story Motivator- I've found that my students are motivated more through
visual learning than the typical lecturing and reading a short story aloud.
- Sonnets- This lesson introduces students to the sonnet form and contrasts
it with the modern poetry that they are used to reading.
- "Sonnets from Hester"- Analysis of characters.
- Story Boards- Understanding sequence and main events in a story.
- Story Wheels- Story Wheel is a reading activity designed
to help students practice sequencing skills, summarizing a novel, visualizing
story elements, and recognizing story structure.
- Symbolism and Aphorisms- Symbolism and words to live by; imaginative creation
and application of knowledge of literary symbol.
- Symbolism in Lord of the Flies- Students complete
a graphic organizer, finding the references indicated by the given page
Man Who Was Almost A Man" - Students will make connections between
the events and social attitudes of the time period, its influences on
the author and the author's work.
Tragedy of Death of a Salesman - Prior to the reading the essay, and
responding, the students will view the 1966 television production, with
Lee J. Cobb playing Willy Loman.
Raven and Gothic Literature - The learner will interpret and evaluate
representative texts to deepen understanding of literature of the United
Scarlet Letter - The student will read the novel and gather various
data, facts and ideas about the time of the puritans
Victorian Era & Dickens - This lesson's purpose is to introduce the
major characteristics of Victorian society in England before reading Charles
Dickens's Great Expectations.
- The Birds: exploring story and film- Compare the end
of the story to the end of the film: again, what effect does this kind
of suspense have on the viewer?
- The Crucible- It is a three day lesson.
Be or Not to Be - Students should come away from the lesson understanding
the meaning of the soliloquy as well as its significance within the play.
Kill a Mockingbird - Debating the Tom Robinson Case - Lesson affords
the students the opportunity to practice their skills of persuasion, by
debating whether Atticus should defend Tom Robinson.
Kill a Mockingbird - Real Courage - This lesson provides the students
a further opportunity to observe the kind of parent that Atticus proves
Kill a Mockingbird - Standing Up for the Right - Students will explore
Atticus's reasons for defending Tom Robinson.
- "The First Seven Years" Letter Writing- Ask students to write a short note
to Feld from his daughter Miriam, discussing her own dreams and plans.
- "The Giving Tree"- Go over the moral of the story.
As the story goes along, have children guess if the man is really happy.
- The Odyssey- For the Odyssey I give my 9th graders a project. They are to
plan their own 'odyssey".
- The Scarlet Letter: Projects- Design a model that
replicates a scene from The Scarlet Letter. You model should include some
- Themes in "Romeo and Juliet"- Once we begin reading
Romeo and Juliet in class I ask them to really start listening to their
music and decide if any of the themes in their music reflect any of the
themes in Romeo and Juliet.
- Using Superman to teach the epic hero in The Odyssey-
After reading the Odyssey and discussing the characteristics of an epic
and an epic hero, I have the students watch Superman, the movie.
- Venn diagrams with the Pain and The Great One- Using a Venn diagram, the
student will understand the skill of comparing and contrasting.
- What a Character!- After reading a novel, students should have a thorough
understanding of characters' personality. Since characterization is crucial
to understanding fiction, it is necessary for the students to be able
to analyze the characters.
of Impossible Goodbyes- The student then must go around to classmates
and ask questions to find out who he/she is. For example: "Am I a god
or goddess?" "Do I have special powers?" "Am I a mortal?"