Here in the Midwest, fall is taking its first breaths. Leaves are sighing, sleepily turning over from their summer green to cozy auburn and gold. And as October arrives, so do stories and legends of the dark and tortured souls of one of my favorite genres: gothic literature.
Gothic literature presents a fascinating set of themes to explore in an ELA classroom: from revenge and madness to unrequited love and destiny, you'll always have a plethora of engaging questions and conversations to have with your students.
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JIGSAW FOR UNDERSTANDING
Unlocking the power of the Gothic narrative is fun and rigorous when it comes to short fiction. In this two day lesson, the teacher breaks students up to read four different short stories. On day one, students focus on their individual story, then on day two, the students "jigsaw" into groups and report out and share their findings about the gothic connection to the human condition. This can be used with ANY short story of your choosing!
WRITE AROUND THE ROOM
If you're looking for a fun, collaborative writing activity that you can use on a half day or even a full class period, we've got you covered. This lesson takes student writers step by step through building a gothic fiction narrative of their own. The best part? The students only get to work on their own story for a few minutes before they pass their paper to the next person and continue someone else's story...
A CLOSE READ ANALYSIS
This lesson takes students on a journey into one of the most famous underground lairs in Broadway musical history. Dig into The Phantom's famous theme song, "The Music of the Night" with your students to uncover the ways in which juxtaposition and personification can reveal the deepest desires of the human condition. Add a splash of music to your classroom this October with this versatile lesson.