In all, I spent three weeks covering the vacant English class at the middle school. Luckily, the seventh grade English teachers were all doing the same lesson plan each day. (So were the eighth grade English teachers.) This meant that I didn't have to come up with lessons from scratch. That was a big help.
(I still had to figure out how I was going to present said lessons. And I had to take care of roll and classroom control. I was on my own for grading. It was a lot of work, but figuring out what they were going to do each day at least was something I didn't have to worry about.)
We were discussing figurative language and looking at some poetry. And this was one of the poems we were discussing...
Gotta love seventh grade teachers picking something by Neil Gaiman. I approve of their taste.
(Last year I caught them teaching The Hunger Games. Imagine that as the novel the whole class was reading.)