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Gothic Literature: Introduction and Elements is a PowerPoint Presentation (secured into PDF format) of 38 slides including a very handy Pre-test (pre-activity) which helps you assess how much students already know about the Gothic genre beforehand, plus a Posttest with Key.
We LOVE Gothic literature, its relationship to the Romantic Period, good old Horace Walpole and “The Castle of Otranto” and those ESSENTIAL Gothic Elements and Motifs that really are quite fun to introduce, or review. . .
We're sure you’ll agree that as you go through this very thorough PowerPoint Presentation some students WILL be saying “Oh yeah! I know that!” or will offer up movies or books that share some of the elements mentioned in this presentation.
Gothic Literature: Introduction and Elements is well-researched and constructed; it ENDS with a list of authors from Walpole through Radcliffe and Shelley, all the way up to Southern Gothic. The FOCUS is how Gothic BEGAN, its ELEMENTS, MOTIFS and Major CONTRIBUTORS.
39 pages total (PDF'd slide presentation is 30 pages)
Background information on Romanticism and its
relationship to the Gothic
Strong working Definition of Gothic Literature
Elements of Gothic Literature, with
Motifs of Gothic Literature
A Brief List of famous authors and Gothic
works included in the presentation
• A Pre-Activity found at the end of the presentation; print and give to students before
showing the presentation
• A Post-Activity for afterwards. This can be
a test or quiz. KEY included.
For ANY Grade 8-11 class.
Use as an INTRODUCTION for ANY GOTHIC novel or story collection. Examples include Early Gothic, such as Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” or the later, Victorian Gothic, such as Edgar Allan Poe; ideal for introducing teaching “Fall of the House of Usher,” “Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” "Masque of the Red Death," or "Hop Frog" - this last story is a bit gruesome but rich with Gothic elements and translates well for an "element writing assignment."
Use also with American authors. Hawthorne’s “The House of Seven Gables” or the Southern Gothic writers, Faulkner and Flannery O’Conner.
Use before setting a Gothic writing or research topic.
We hope you and your students will thoroughly enjoy this product as much as we enjoyed crafting it for you.
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