This is a 49 page lesson plan for The Metamorphosis written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"The Metamorphosis is lauded as one of Kafka’s finest pieces of writing. It portrays in understated horror the struggles some encounter living in modern society as they strive for acceptance and assistance during times of need, and it depicts the dynamics of destructive family relationships. Using such a disturbing transformation to explain human psychology is both clever and engrossing. The disturbingly bizarre nature of this story is an example of the sort of writing that turned Kafka’s last name into the oft-used adjective “Kafkaesque,” which typically means “a nightmarish situation which most people can somehow relate to, although strongly surreal. With an ethereal, “evil”, omnipotent power floating just beyond the senses.” The term “Kafkaesque” is so ubiquitous, it was used as the title of an episode of the Emmy-winning, popular TV show Breaking Bad.