Margaret Roland’s story “When the Gentlemen Go By is a haunting, mildly disturbing tale of an old Faustian bargain with ongoing consequences. Likely inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s odd poem “Smugglers’ Song” from “Puck of Pook’s Hill” the story expands upon the poem as it re-imagines it.
Set in a vague, fictitious locale, The Hollow, this story tells of one family’s struggle against a community’s unequal bargain with mysterious supernatural forces.
This is a well written dark fantasy, that is perfect for a gloomy foggy evening. It’s not a fun story; it’s not meant to be. Instead, it is a story to awaken the readers’ imaginations and emotions. (Dave Tackett)
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
Link to the story:
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.