Feel like you’re in The Twilight Zone? Lessons for Middle School and High School

I have been teaching with the Twilight Zone for over twenty years. Why? It is engaging, it reflects great writing, its messages are universal, and with each episode being less than thirty minutes, it is an efficient way to use visual media in the classroom. The lessons I have designed around this television show were among my students’ favorites, and I am thrilled to be working in a capacity that allows me to continue designing lessons using this content.

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Twilight Zone Learning: Where is Everybody

These lessons enhance an understanding of literary devices while teaching how they can be conveyed through visual media. The lessons are designed for students in grades 6-8. They include plans for 3 days of instruction. Supplementary materials are included, as are options for a summative assessment. These lessons support standards RL 6.2, 6. 7, RL 7.2, 7.3, 7.7 RL 8.2


Twilight Zone Learning: Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up? (and tell us why he not reading from the manual?)

A lesson design to integrate story nuance and setting to understand a classic mystery. Standards addressed RL 6.3, 6.5, 7.3. This lesson is designed to be completed in 3 days, with informal assessments.


Twilight Zone Learning: Eye of the Beholder

This is a lesson designed to support thematic analysis and cultural awareness. The lesson is designed to be implemented in 4 days. It can support complementary instruction of The Giver, or it can stand alone. It is designed for students in grades 7-8. The lesson supports standards RL 7.2, (7.3), (7.7) and RL 8.2 (8.3), (8.7). Standards indicated parenthetically refer to standards supported by optional extensions of the lesson.


Twilight Zone Learning: Number 12 Looks Just Like You

Number 12 Looks Just Like You supports a 3 day series of lessons which explore values learning, theme, and tone. It is designed for students in grades 11-12. The lessons address the following standards: RL 11.2, 11.3, 11.5, 12.2, 12.3, 12.5 (Please note that this episode mentions suicide.)


Twilight Zone Learning: The Shelter

This is a series of 4 lessons designed to support values learning, with discussions of theme and character development. The lessons support the following standards: RL 8.3, 8.6, 9.2, 9.3, 10.2, 10.3, 11.3, 12.3 This lesson uses informal and anecdotal assessments. A Flipgrid account is needed for completion of the provided lessons.


Twilight Zone Learning: The Midnight Sun

A classic ending that will allow support practice of mood and literary elements. RL 7.3, 8.3, 9.5, 10.5, 11.3, 11.5, 12.3, 12.5. Google draw is needed for completion of the provided lessons.


Twlight Zone Learning: Deaths-Head Revisited

A story that is suitable to discussions of the Holocaust. Standards addressed are as follows: RL 8.2, 8.3, 8.6, 9.2, 9.3, 10.2, 10.3, 11.3, 11.5, 12.3, 12.5


Twilight Zone Learning: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street (with their grades completed)

A classic story of how we treat our neighbors and fellow man. Standards are as follows: RL 6.2, 6.3, 7.2, 7.3, 7.6, 8.2, 8.3, 9.2, 9.3, 10.2, 10.3, 11.3, 12.3


Twilight Zone Learning: The Rip Van Winkle Caper

Values learning is integrated into a story that addresses greed and how it leads to change. Standards addressed include RL 6.2, 6.3, 7.2, 8.2. This lesson uses informal assessments through class discussion and student reflection. Access to copies of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg” are needed to complete the lesson. This lesson takes approximately two days to complete.


Twilight Zone Learning: What You Need: A Good Sub and No More PD

Explore story structure with this simple story of how all lives intersect. This is designed as a three day lesson with informal assessments. Standards include RL 7.3, 8.2, 8.3, 8.6


Twilight Zone Learning: The Obsolete Man. i.e. The Literacy Coach who Cannot Spell

This classic episode is perfect for higher level discussions in high school. There are no formal assessments for this series of lessons. Assessments are informal and are completed via class discussions. Standards addresses include: RL 9.2, 10.2, 9.4, 10.4, 11.2, 11.3, 12.2, 12.3


Twilight Zone Learning: You Drive

A timeless morality tale that demonstrates the consequences of irresponsible behavior. A 3 day series of lessons that is supported by connection to Poe’s Tele Tale Heart.