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My best lesson plan, since it ropes in the coming-of-age matrix and favorite heroes, heroines as well as real-life family heroes.

Extremely popular, a topic with added value from its link to psychology and sociology. Monster theory teaches itself.

Very, very popular. Students all want to be rich and successful, yet they have no tools (and they know it). They appreciate explorations of how commerce works.

These are basic business-school lesson plans which provide a healthy balance to essays about literature.

My students go crazy for architecture, especially Maya Lin, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid. They key is having the students present Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van de Rohe to the class. It leads to considerations of desk-lamp and toothbrush design. Can’t miss content, but it is somewhat high-maintenance for a teacher – a certain amount of input is needed from you.

A buried narrative brought to light by a writer-hero named John D. Weaver. ‘The worst moment of one of your best presidents.’

A rewarding, race-based yet difficult topic. The 1906 A case study requires energy and care from the instructor.

My most basic advice for running a classroom. Hard-won rules and examples from my dealings with tired cadets

Highly challenging unless the instructor can guide students through the thickets. My cadets loved this material but only if I could break it down. Probably best to avoid this one until I can provide a second edition.

STEM actually can be gold in the writing classroom. It’s all critical thinking, writing about solving a problem

Understanding military action is a benefit for the rising generation. We are all at war, not just our soldiers.

Comparing and contrasting battles and even wars can yield lessons which students can apply widely.

The ‘narratives of suspicion.’ Surprisingly useful, since most heroes solve mysteries and mistrust authority.