Lesson Plans


The NEATE website is now the place to share exemplar lessons with your New England colleagues.


Collection of resources from the NEATE archives

Text Sets

"A House of My Own" by Sandra Cisneros (fiction) and "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: The Creativity of Black Women in the South" by Alice Walker (essay)

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (play) and selected poems

"The Phoenix" by Sylvia Townsend Warner (fiction) and “Reviving Extinct Species” by Carl Zimmerman (nonfiction essay)

“Seeing Dignity in Poverty” by Julia Baird (essay), “The Migrant Mother” by Dorothea Lange (photo) and "I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen (fiction)

Two Steps to the Left: Helping Students Improve as Connectors and Synthesizers

Power, Corruption, and Motivation through the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism

Using the Lincoln Memorial to help students form an argument

Crucible Socratic Seminar

Character, Passion & Culture/Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pairing Romeo and Juliet with modern music and literature.


"Raised by Women" Poetry Reading and Writing

Fences Unit

Writing a Vignette from a Painting

Sentence Fluency

Constructing an Argument

 Revision-Editing Lessons

Revision for the Research Paper – Sentence Fluency and Expansion

Prewriting Overview, mini-lesson and Worksheet

An Overview of Pre writing


Independent Reading Project

Reading and Understanding Articles


Power, Corruption, and Motivation through the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism

"Raised by Women" Poetry Reading and Writing

Fences Unit

Crucible Socratic Seminar

Short Story Using Critical Lenses

Early American Gravestone Project and Fieldtrip

A Walk Around Walden Pond

Character, Passion & Culture/Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


"Tipping" an Idea or Cause


Denotation/Connotation Basic lesson Plan

Pre-teaching Vocabulary Using Inquiry Techniques

Sentence Fluency

Speaking and Listening

Communication and the Fractured T

Constructing an Argument

Crucible Socratic Seminar

Lessons to Engage Students During High Stress Times

Literary Holiday Feast

Teaching Outside the Classroom

Early American Gravestone Project and Fieldtrip

A Walk Around Walden Pond

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Comment by Chandra Prasad on June 16, 2018 at 4:10pm

I am the author of DAMSELFLY, a 2018 Scholastic novel that middle and high school English teachers are using as a linked or parallel text with Lord of the Flies.  Teachers, if you are interested in obtaining a complimentary hardcover copy, keep reading.

Damselfly has an original plot and characters, yet it shares with Lord of the Flies a similar setting and themes, and explores many of the same questions about society and the human condition. With a biracial female protagonist, Damselfly strikes a chord with today's diverse and globally aware teens and helps them forge a deeper connection with the characters in both this text and LOTF.

A number of resources for educators, including “Exploring Lord of the Flies and Damselfly as Linked Texts,” can be found at http://www.chandraprasad.com/damselfly/resources-for-teachers/. I also offer an author Q &A in person or via video conferencing to any class using Damselfly.

Lastly, I have a few COMPLIMENTARY HARDCOVER COPIES OF DAMSELFLY for those teachers who are already teaching LOTF in their classes and want to review my text for possible inclusion. If you are interested in a copy, please email me chandraprasadbooks@gmail.com.

Thank you!

"Prasad's [YA] debut is a compelling modern-day adventure... An entertaining choice." -- School Library Journal

"Ethics balance on a knife's edge as the characters make difficult choices and adapt to their new reality... A compulsive read." -- Booklist

"Unseen antagonists and unpredictable plot twists... create a layer of mystery that'll have readers invested until the intriguingly inconclusive end... A fast-paced, heart-stopping tale." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Prasad deftly builds on familiar themes while also exploring issues like race, mental health, and the toxicity of teenage queen bees... A fun and compelling novel, one that is sure to attract a wide range of readers." -- School Library Connection

"Prasad breathes fresh life into this fusion of Lost, Prep, Gossip Girl, and William Golding’s classic." — Jake Halpern, Pulitzer-prize winning author of “Welcome to the New World,” a visual narrative about Syrian refugees published in The New York Times

"Chandra Prasad gives us a terrifying, modern-day Lord of the Flies, rendered in exquisite and exacting prose. A brave take on teen cruelty, identity, mixed race experience, class, and survival." — Marina Budhos, author of Ask Me No Questions

"Who are we when we are only accountable to ourselves? This bold, deft novel exposes how fragile the world we inhabit really is and what it might take for us to survive." — Neela Vaswani, co-author of Same Sun Here and Grammy-winning audiobook narrator of I am Malala

If Lord of the Flies met Gossip Girl and spawned a first-rate book, filled with adventure and moving, surprising struggles against Nature and our nature, Damselfly would be it. —Amy Bloom, author of White Houses

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