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Lesson plans/ units/ resources for:

Catcher in the Rye
Chocolate War
Conflicting Stories
The Crucible

Fahrenheit 451
Film Study
Flannery O'Connor
"Flowers for Algernon"
The Great Gatsby
The House on Mango Street
Huckleberry Finn

"The Lottery"
"The Moustache"

The Odyssey
The Outsiders
Overcoming Our Obstacles
The Pigman

Philosophy unit (Sophie's World)
Poetry (Dickinson, Bradstreet, Whitman, Frost)
Reading Log
The Red Pony
Romeo & Juliet
Root words

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
The Tempest
Year in Review: 2004
Showcase papers

Thesis Statements
How Do I Format My Paper?
Other links
Walt Whitman
Writing/ Grammar sites

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See more lessons created from Summer 2003 Oregon Writing Project (part of the National Writing Project)

Lessons I've created/adapted: (See Handouts & Helps section for updated lessons for students)

2004: The Year in Review A one-three-day unit on looking back and writing

Catcher in the Rye Unit Includes questions and a writing portfolio assignment in which students write in the voices of CITR characters, post-reading questions, student writing examples, etc.
Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary
Writing Portfolio Example: Allie's Mitt Description
Writing Portfolio Example: Acrostic Poem by Kristian
Catcher in the Rye: Links for further study : My ongoing attempt to see Catcher in the Rye in modern culture; includes a short list of movies that mention or deal with Holden; Daredevil comic, songs, etc.
Catcher in the Rye Student artwork
Conflicting Stories This unit focuses on conflict in short stories. We'll read a couple and read a few short ones using the 55 Fiction format.

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? Fahrenheit 451 and The Chocolate War unit

Crucible Character Recipe Sheet A fun writing exercise which has students consider the ingredients of characters
Student example of Character Recipe
Teaching The Crucible An external site that includes a set of questions from the film.
Religion Unit This is an outline of my unit using The Crucible, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and "Good Country People."

Film Unit Guide A unit on the study of film. Includes films to watch and film terms (one of my most successful units)
My award-winning project for the Apple iLife contest (a t-shirt prize qualifies as award-winning, doesn't it?)

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? Fahrenheit 451 and The Chocolate War unit

Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" work
Flannery O'Connor Collection An external site
Flannery O'Connor I love her short stories, and I use three in our Junior English class.
Do you use Flannery O'Connor in your class? Please email me your ideas
"Flowers for Algernon"

The Great Gatsby Character Chart Here's a nice chart that helps students analyze the characters in the book
The Great Gatsby Unit My unit for this novel. Includes vocabulary and questions
The Great Gatsby Links Maps of West Egg, Cultural context of Gatsby in Powerpoint

The House on Mango Street Unit: Honors This unit was an excellent way for students to using creative writing skills
House on Mango Street Student writing examples of the vignettes
How Do I Format My Paper? Handout

Huck Finn: Letter to School Board (Persuasive Writing) To ban or not to ban?
Intro to Persuasive Writing Persuasive writing strategies
Huckleberry Finn Unit Includes due dates, project topics, Quick 8s, and vocabulary
Huckleberry Finn Reading Guide Assignment Create a class study guide from the book, including characters, summary, and controversial elements
Huck Finn Chapter Work Includes summaries, discussions questions, controversial elements, and passages. Assembled by Lisa Emori for English 5-6 Honors

"The Lottery" Shirley Jackson, questions An excellent set of questions that I gathered from several sources
"The Lottery" letter to the editor As some did to The New Yorker, students will write to complain about the graphic nature of this story; or, they can commend the publish for being brave
"The Lottery" audio, mp3 The complete reading
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" An external link to
Do you use "The Lottery" in your class? Please email me your ideas

"The Moustache" story online by Robert Cormier
"The Moustache" study questions

Night Unit Guide, Elie Wiesel
Night Unit Guide, Honors class

The Odyssey Unit
Odyssey Supplementals #1 and #2
The Odyssey Unit assignments: Honors
T Notes Template A clear and easy way to teach note taking
Forrest Gump and Odysseus: Comparison assignment between these heroic figures
"Ulysses" poem from Tennyson questions Read and compare Odysseus from Dante, Homer, and Tennyson
Odyssey in the World Today assignment Find The Odyssey in modern day art
Odyssey writing topic for an essay Several topics to write about
Student Examples of "My Life as an Odyssey" assignment
The Odyssey study page [online] An external link

The Outsiders Unit: Honors
The Outsiders Unit
Teaching The Outsiders An external site
Overcoming Our Obstacles We'll look at four poems for this unit, Literature Circles, and more writing opportunities.

Pigman Unit assignments: Honors
Pigman Unit assignments
Pigman Snapshot Example [online] My example of the Pigman Snapshot project
Reading Journal Sheet
Reading Log Sheet This is a Word document so that you can download and type in the information for neatness. All future checkpoints will be turned in typed on this new form.

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Red Pony UPDATED
Religion and Romanticism

Speak unit : a short unit for in-class reading

Sophie's World A unit for high school philosophy. See the companion worksheet, Sophie's Chart

American Poets Unit Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman poems
Further Study in "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" External link on this poem
"The Road Not Taken" in the Media (Robert Frost) See examples of allusions to this popular poem in advertising.
Ann Bradstreet Poems Biography and four poems
Where I'm From poetry Using the poetry of George Ella Lyons
Where I'm From poetry Student examples

Romeo & Juliet Unit
Romeo & Juliet Unit: Honors
"Araby" Questions (James Joyce): Honors A great short story to use alongside of R&J; a great epiphany example
"Araby," James Joyce (full text) [online] An external link with the complete text
Root Word List We'll use this throughout the year.
Root Words Study Stack Bookmark this page to review for our weekly root word quizzes.

Jonathan Edwards Site An external site to use with "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" excerpt Read more of the famous sermon
Student examples of "Sinners..." writing

The Tempest
The Tempest Questions
Tempest Podcast-"Wreck of Sea Venture"
Tempest Full-Text and explanations
Tempest Free Audiobook
Tempest iPhone App

My Barbaric Yawp to the World (Walt Whitman)
Writing Formally Thesis Statements and Beyond

Showcase #1: Plato and Pop Culture My example on how Plato would address pop culture {student examples}
CS Lewis Quote An excellent quotation on reading old books; we being the year discussing these words
Class Rules Basic class rules for my class
Showcase Paper Instructions The format for how papers need to be turned in for assignments
Parts of Speech unit Here is a brief overview of my use of the eight parts of speech
2004: The Year in Review A one-three-day unit on looking back and writing


Freud, Stress, Disorders
Memory Unit
Conditioning Unit
Consciousness and Dreaming Unit

Here are some links that I use to help plan my lessons:
English Companion This is Jim Burke's excellent website for English teachers
Spark Notes
Good overviews of novels. My students use it, so I use this to see who read the novel and who read the summary. My homework assignments are linked to this site.It is quite easy to use. Download a copy of Gradekeeper and publish your grades online.

Cyberguide 9 - 12 Excellent guides for internet assignments.
Favorite Authors
Language Arts Web Quests
The Lesson Plans Page
Poem 180 Billy Collins's site for high school students.
Word of the Day

Specific Titles and Author
The Time Machine Teacher's Resource
One of the best teaching sites dedicated to a novel
Teaching Hatchet- AskERIC Lesson Plan

Writing Sites
Grammar Bytes! Interactive Grammar Review
Creative Writing Sites
Creative Writing Ideas
The Character Sketch
Use for creating characters


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