This is a twenty-five slide PowerPoint on Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD. It serves as an effective introduction and "hook" for students, and as such, it is meant to be shown prior to beginning the novel. It briefly explores the author's background, the
This is a twenty-two slide PowerPoint introducing The Great Gatsby. It has some general background info, information on setting, characters, structure, and style, It also discusses why it has had "staying power" and has captivated readers for so
This is a detailed assignment sheet for an argumentative Research Essay. Students choose a controversial contemporary issue with more than one viewpoint (Nuclear Power, Immigration, Gun Control, etc.) research it, pick a side, and argue their chosen
This is an assignment sheet for a student research project and PowerPoint or Prezi presentation on Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD. Their are thirty-eight different topics listed. This activity gives students a lot of autonomy, and many get very excited
Great Gatsby Essay Sheet. Includes a page of guidelines for the essay and two additional pages of essay topics. This is for a 3-4 page essay, but parameters can easily be changed to suit your needs. Word document.
This is a short-answer essay (eleven-sentence paragraph) essay assignment on Captain Ahab, from Melville's immortal classic, MOBY DICK. Student argue that Ahab is an ambitious and persistent adventurer who deserves admiration, or that he is an
This 79 slide PowerPoint is an extensive list of memorable quotations from famous people throughout history--from antiquity through modern times, from Confucius and Einstein to Steve Jobs. Each bit of wisdom is inspiring, moralistic, and/or thought
This is a 20 question true/false quiz on Cormac McCarthy's book, THE ROAD. This is a reading check quiz, and it does not contain any higher order interpretation/evaluation questions. I use check quizzes such as this to "encourage" students to read
This is a word document with six thought-provoking questions about themes/general ideas related to Cormac McCarthy's novel, THE ROAD. It is the first activity in this novel unit, and we do it before beginning to read the novel. The students do the
This is a funny worksheet I made that pokes light fun at the Twilight book/movie series, and which enables students to practice commas and hyphens. It is a fake conversation between Edward and Bella, where Edward tries to bite Bella and give her
This is an eleven question true/false quiz on Cormac McCarthy's book, THE ROAD. This is a reading check quiz, and it does not contain any higher order interpretation/evaluation questions. I use check quizzes such as this to "encourage" students to
This thirty-five slide PowerPoint is a list of literary terms having to do with the different genres of literature. There are some well-know genres like fantasy and gothic, and there are some lesser known genres like picaresque and novel of manners.
This fourteen slide PowerPoint is a list of literary terms having to do with characters. There are the basics--protagonist, antagonist, static, dynamic, flat, round, etc., and some lesser known terms, like eponymous. In general, each slide has a
I show this 30 slide PowerPoint at the beginning of my Gothic Unit. It presents a brief history and some major books and authors, and then details the major gothic characteristics: Setting, Objects, Characters, Plot Structures, and Themes. It also
This document includes the following Activities for Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher":
1. Discussion questions: Ten questions moving from easier comprehension to more complex interpretation/analysis/evaluation, including questions on Madeline
Twenty-nine discussion questions on FAREWELL TO ARMS, to be assigned after reading the novel. They are questions on the novel as a whole, pivotal events, characters, etc. I generally give each student one of these questions, he or she writes a
This is a one-page document presenting guidelines for a PowerPoint Presentation. I created it to give my students guidelines on their Opposing Viewpoints Research Essay PowerPoint, but it could easily be modified for any PowerPoint assignment. It
This is the Gothic Story Assignment Sheet and Scoring Rubric that I assign and use with my students at the end of my gothic unit. First, I teach them about the gothic tradition and the gothic characteristics. Then, we read and do activities with
This is a word document with five attention-getting, general questions related to THE GREAT GATSBY--themes, ideas, and personal connections. I use these questions to begin my GATSBY unit before we begin reading the book; they hook students' interest
This is a twenty-five slide PowerPoint of pictures of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda, and their daughter, Scottie. I have it set to change the slide automatically every thirty seconds. I show this PowerPoint during my lecture on Fitzgerald.