Finding engaging high school 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.
Do you think it’s right to forgive someone for atrocities committed against another person? This lesson examines three more responses from “The Sunflower”, all of them different. Have your students discuss and analyze the responses.
How can we apply what we’ve learned about the Holocaust to the present day? Finish up your unit with an overview of the state of the middle east today. What do your students think Franklin Roosevelt or Thomas Paine would think about Wiesenthal’s dilemma or the current state Israel?
If a dying German soldier asked you for forgiveness, what would you say? Explore a moral dilemma in the true story of Wiesenthal’s experience in a concentration camp. This makes an excellent non-fiction work for your students to read and analyze.
This lesson introduces students to the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime and allows them to draw comparisons between this and the Jewish genocide. Then student’s will analyze the responses of the Dalai Lama and Dith Pran.
This lesson combines history and civics with English as your students learn about the trials and appeals process. Jim Williams was tried four separate times for the murder of Danny Hansford, a very unusual occurrence.
In voodoo tradition, midnight refers to the period between the time for good magic and the time for evil magic. One of the characters mentioned in Berendt’s book is Miss Minerva, a voodoo priestess hired by Jim Williams. This lesson provides some knowledge on voodoo tradition.
Now it’s time to test your student’s knowledge of the book. First have them do research on historical Savannah in order to create a marketing power point. Next, students will write a compare and contrast essay using the book “The City of Falling Angels”.
Murder, mystery, voo-doo… “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” is a non-fiction work that is sure to capture the interest of your students. Suited for mature students in grade 12, this book brings up plenty of issues for you to discuss with your class.
Lady Chablis, a transgendered female, is one of the more controversial characters in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. Take the time to have an open discussion with your classroom on this touchy subject. Recommended for students in 12th grade.
Is Holden Caufield suffering from your typical teenage angst or does he have a deeper issue? This interesting lesson plan and assignment will have your high school classroom make a literary diagnosis of the main character from “Catcher in the Rye”.
One interesting class assignment is to compare the characters of Benjamin Braddock from “The Graduate” with Holden Caufield from “The Catcher in the Rye”. Watch the movie together and then hand out an excerpt from the film so your students can compare the text.
A great way to end your series on “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is to reward the students by watching the film version of the book. Have the compare and contrast the details of the film vs. the movie and then assign them a final project.
Have your students construct their very own carousel as a fun, hands-on project to go along with the novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. This article includes instructions and a downloadable handout.
After completing chapters 1 through 15 of the novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, complete this lesson. Students will watch an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and compare the characters to the book.
Autumn is a great time to teach the classic book “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. This year Halloween is coming early! This article contains downloadable power points to aid in teaching the novel.