Rather than offer lesson plans, this resource discusses how to approach teaching Beat Literature. The author reached out to college professors across the country, asking each how they organize a class on the Beats. The result is a blog post loaded with ideas for your own classroom. I like this article particularly because many of the ideas reach beyond teaching Ginsberg and Kerouac, and include teaching the works of other Beats like Michael McClure and New Beats like Ken Kesey.
"Counterculture and Criticism in the 1950s" is one lesson in a series of five lessons focused on the 1950s. This lesson can be used as a stand-alone to teach high schoolers about Ginsberg and Kerouac, in particular. Students read a biography and poem of each author and then analyze and compare the two.
"Howl" is Allen Ginsberg's most famous poem and one that is synonymous with the Beat Generation. This lesson plan examines Ginsberg's poem and the film of the same name, featuring James Franco. Students are given multiple ways of looking at a single text.