Lesson plans and teaching ideas
Biography, portraits, and related links.
Anticipation Guide for "The Devil and Tom Walker"
This prereading activity asks students to consider their attitudes regarding specific issues related to the story.
The Devil and Tom Walker Newsletter
Students will create a newsletter with information taken from the short story "The Devil and Tom Walker." Students will work in pairs and decide which parts of the newsletter each will be responsible for completing. The finished newsletter will be published for the class to view.
"The Devil and Tom Walker"
Text of the story. Follow links to PDF or Google Docs format.
"The Devil and Tom Walker" vocabulary
50 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, and more.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
A rich series of lessons involving a variety of aspects of this classic.
A Teacher's Guide to The Core Classics Edition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Tales
Support for 4 stories: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "Rip Van Winkle, " "The Specter Bridegroom," and "The Devil and Tom Walker." Documents include background information, comprehension questions, and vocabulary practice. This document is 119 pages long and requires Adobe Reader for access. Consider saving it to your computer and printing only those pages you need.
"The Christmas Dinner"
Text of the story, available in both PDF and Google Docs format.
"The Legend of the Two Discreet Statues"
Introduction and text of the story in PDF and Google docs formats.
"Rip Van Winkle"
This audio file lasts about 23 minutes.
"Rip Van Winkle"
Text of the story.
"Rip Van Winkle" Story Notes
Commentary on author and style.