This lesson on Southern Gothic literature is perfect for Halloween or any time. Students will define traditional Gothic literature and determine the characteristics that distinguish Southern Gothic from the original genre.
The Power Point presentation
provides a good overview of the history of the genre and includes biographical information on three of the more famous Southern gothic writers – Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor
The lesson includes the following:
• Gothic literature terms
• Characteristic elements of gothic and Southern gothic
• Vocabulary words for each of the three stories studied
• Essay assignment
• Portfolio assignment
• Prompts for journal entries
• Graphic organizer
The stories are as follows:
• “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
• “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
• “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
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