High School English Lesson Plans, Grades 9-12
Finding engaging English lesson plans for hard-to-impress high school teenagers is no small task. Here you will find hundreds of helpful teaching ideas, units and themes that can be used for a range of grades and abilities, including AP English suggestions.
- The Crime of the Century? In Cold Blood
Truman Capote penned the first true crime novel, "In Cold Blood," based on the 1959 murders of the Clutter family. Help your classroom prepare to read it with consideration, discussion and two PowerPoints available for download.
- “A Christmas Memory,” a Sweet Memoir by Truman Capote
In this lesson plan for Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory, you will help students learn how to analyze a short story.
- From Page to Screen Breakfast at Tiffany’s the Classic Film
After reading the novella, introduce your students to a Hollywood classic they won’t ever forget. This lesson plan and downloads will help you compare and contrast the book with the film.
- True Crime, “The Strangers” and In Cold Blood, a Cross Discipline Approach to Teaching Capote’s Classic
Once you have decided to teach In Cold Blood, chances are that as a good teacher, you will be looking for some creative lessons that will enhance your students’ education and interaction with the central ideas and themes of the novel.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s the Iconic Novella by Truman Capote
After reading Breakfast at Tiffany's, use this lesson plan with downloads to discuss multiple topics with your students.
- Analyze That! The Minor Characters in the Great Gatsby
How important are Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker and Nick Carraway to this story? The following activities and downloadable form will help your students decide.
- A Heroic Criminal: Understanding Jay Gatsby’s Profession in The Great Gatsby
Students reading "The Great Gatsby" likely view Jay Gatsby as a hero. This lesson plan offers ideas to help them weigh all of his characteristics before forming an opinion.
- Ozymandias Literary Analysis & Comparison to Other Statues
Have students compare the statue described in Ozymandias to more familiar statues such as Mt. Rushmore. Downloadable worksheets included.
- A Memorial For An Ancient Ruler: Meet Ramses II
Have your students meet Ramses II through the poem Ozymandias by Percy Blysshe Shelley.