"Herbert West–Reanimator" is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written between October 1921 and June 1922. It was first serialized in February through July 1922 in the amateur publication Home Brew. The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film Re-Animator and its sequels, in addition to numerous other adaptations in various media.
This short story by renowned horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft is written as an account of a medical school student who went to medical school with a notorious doctor named Herbert West, who has disappeared. This notoriety is due to the morbid experiments Dr. West performs on dead animals, with a new reagent he has invented, in an effort to reanimate the dead. Ultimately, he believes that he can find a way to perfectly bring a dead human being back to life, essentially cheating death. And so, that is what the account of the unnamed medical student tells of - The madness of Dr. West and his ungodly goal to find the perfect dead body to experiment on, and successfully bring back to life, which is something that has had considerable trouble with in his previous 'experiments'.
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.