I love literature. I love everything about it. I hope that you are teaching English, literature, reading and writing skills because you love it too! I desperately hope that because the rest of the world is counting on you to make our students literate! Your task is to awaken the love of reading and writing and critical thinking to the students that will influence the next one hundred years. I implore you to do it well; to make reading a passion in as many growing minds as you possibly can. This site is here to help you. To make it as easy as possible for you to find great reading, writing, and in-class discussion opportunities for your students. Please use the free resources at American Literature to make your students passionate about learning.
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The Catcher in the Rye is not public domain material, so I cannot host it at this site, but many of you will teach it during your career. As you plan for you class and teach the material, I hope you will find this work, by teacher Shaun L. Kelly to be inspirational and helpful to you and your students: Growing Old With Holden
Professor Bridget M. Marshal shared her approach to teaching Ambrose Bierce's short story, The Boarded Window. This is a good story for more advanced students. You can find her suggestions here: "Teaching The Boarded Window".
Rob Velella is an independent scholar of American Literature. He maintains The American Literary Blog and holds an MA in English & Publishing. He is passionate about literary history and his extensive knowledge is on display at his blog. I include him here as a potential resource that can be booked to come to your school or classroom to provide a living history performance. His most popular dramatic personae are Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.