H.P. Lovecraft Short Horror Story Lessons & Text | Secondary ELA Fiction

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Known as "the man who can scare Stephen King," H.P. Lovecraft is a master of horror. This lesson introduces students to his style of writing with the short story "From Beyond."

Contents Include:

Illustrated Text of "From Beyond"

Standards for ELA

Tips for Teachers (throughout)

Anticipatory Brainstorm: 3 Activities

H.P. Lovecraft Biographical & Literary Information

Vocabulary for Short Story

Short Story Analysis Forms

Fan Fiction Writing Prompt

Lovecraft used the power of the unknown to inspire and horrify his readers. A lot of our contemporary cultural understanding of what goes into the horror genre comes from his stories. He had a profound influence on subsequent horror and science fiction writers. In his essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature," Lovecraft writes: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 

Grades 9 - 12, Horror, Science Fiction, Short Stories.

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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