This is a reading that can be integrated into any high school English or World History curriculum. The article centers on Lord Byron and the role he played in the creation of Gothic Romanticism. The article also links Byron to the more modern distinction of "Goth," with a comparison made with the post-punk band, Joy Division. The concept of the "Byronic Hero" is also discussed.
Reading activities are included: meaning of words, main idea, sequencing, supporting details and a check for understanding. A key is also included plus suggestions for extending the lesson.
The reading is 1348 words with an approximate Lexile of 1400.