My goal was to create a document that could be applied to both To Kill a Mockingbird for freshmen English as well as A Rose for Emily and anything Faulkner related for Juniors. The end result is a graphic organizer that enables students to interact with any Southern Gothic writing on a thematic and structural level to find the underlying meanings and symbolism embedded in the writing. I also compiled many of the information from various sources to create one clean and easily understood informational sheet.
The info sheet is meant to coincide with class discussion however, higher level students will be able to read the information independently and discuss in a whole group setting afterward. Distribute the organizer alongside any appropriate text. Students will quote or paraphrase pieces of the text in one column and analyze what they've quoted in another.
“In the Southern Gothic tradition, everything has meaning … The abandoned plantation house isn’t there just to be spooky. It represents our fixation with history.” – Charles Reagan Wilson, Ph.D.