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 Turn of the Screw is a ghost story written by Henry James. It is set on an estate in England. A woman is hired to take care of two young children. While she cares for them, she becomes convinced that the estate is being haunted by former employees.
Were their ghosts doomed forever to wander the manor? Will Miles now join them? Or, was the governess just a madwoman, a victim of isolation and mental illness combined? Examine these and several other theories with your class after you finish reading The Turn of the Screw.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Required reading for all architecture students, “The Fountainhead” can be a great addition to your High School curriculum. This first lesson introduces the novel to your student, as well as the basic tenants of Objectivist philosophy.