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.
- Teaching Point of View in "The Color Purple": High School English Lesson
"The Color Purple" is written in the first person, through the perspective of Celie. Have your students try re-writing sections of the novel through a different character's perspective. How does the novel change? This lesson is for mature students in 11th or 12th grade.
- "The Color Purple": High School Lesson on Comparing the Book & the Film
In 1985, Steven Spielberg brought to life Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" on the big screen. After reading the novel, have your students watch the movie in class, and then compare the movie with the film. The book and movie are appropriate for mature students in 11th or 12th grade.
- Introduction to "The Color Purple": Lesson Plan for 11th or 12th Grade English
Though a relatively simple read, "The Color Purple" deals with themes of abuse, lesbianism and religion that require a mature audience. Teachers should approach this material sensitively, and provide plenty of room for honest and open discussion in the classroom.
- Who Is Alice Walker? High School English Lesson
Born in 1944, Alice Walker was the eighth child of sharecroppers in Georgia. While in college, she decided to become a writer, and themes in her writing often focus on the oppression of African-American woman. Introduce this author to your class through analyzing several of her poems.
- Everything Can Change in Nineteen Minutes
Although it is bound to stir up a number of emotions, Nineteen Minutes is a thought-provoking read that will lead to stimulating discussions in your high school book club.
- Journey of a Beatnik: On The Road
Many students will rejoice at first when you assign this novel. Look at its length - a student’s dream, it’s a quick and easy read. How wrong they will be!
- The Magical Adventure of Youth: Boy’s Life
Open this novel and meet some of the most interesting and unforgettable characters in modern fiction. First and foremost is Cory Mackenson, our young hero who lives in the town of Zephyr, Alabama.
- The Lost Story: The Thirteenth Tale
Who doesn't love a good mystery story? The Thirteenth Tale is sure to appeal to a variety of students (and adults!) with mixed interests.
- Meet Mike Noonan… A Modern Day Manderley Dweller
Stephen King’s novel, Bag of Bones, may seem a bit daunting when you first distribute it to students or book club members. It can appear to be too long and dense for pleasure reading. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.