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60 reviewed resources for gothic literature

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Exploring the Drive to Create in Frankenstein

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Is it hubris that drives the creative process? Is it the desire to be remembered long past death? An interactive asks readers of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and Percy Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" to consider what this wife and...
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Frankenstein | The Great American Read

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A top vote-getter for the Great American Read program is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Find out why the classic tale, adapted into over 50 films and numerous TV shows, has earned its spot on the favorites list.
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Journey Through a Midnight Dreary: Fun Trivia Quiz on "The Raven"

For Students 9th - 11th
This Fun Trivia Quiz tests readers' understanding of Poe's "The Raven", including allusions. Because these online quizzes can be made by anyone, you will want to scrutinize the questions and answers prior to assigning this to your class.
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The Purloined Letter

For Students 9th - 12th
These questions about Poe's The Purloined Letter focus on publication and outside sources along with details of the story. Hopefully this story is not a mystery to you!
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The Horror! The Horror!

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Gear up for Halloween by studying the horror genre with your class and analyzing films and texts to uncover the genre's traditional conventions.
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The Tales and Poems of Poe

For Students 10th - 12th
Four short stories, two poems, and biographical information about Edgar Allan Poe make up this quiz. Questions about The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven, The Black Cat, Annabel Lee, and The Tell-Tale Heart...
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Embossed Rose Window Designs

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students, after researching the history and foundation of Renaissance rose windows, access ArtEmboss to create an original window design. They employ a basic metalworking technique utilizing a soft metal. The design created incorporates...
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The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 25 short answer and essay questions about James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
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Wuthering Heights: Anticipation Guide

For Students 8th - 12th
Before beginning a reading of Wuthering Heights, class members respond to a series of statements on an anticipation guide.
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Everything You Need to Know to Read "Frankenstein"

For Students 9th - 12th
It was a dark and stormy night in 1815 when Mary Shelley began drafting  a ghost story in response to a competition suggest by Lord Byron. Find out more about Shelley, her life, and events that influenced what is called the first science...
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Reader, it's Jane Eyre

For Students 9th - 12th
Who is Currer Bell? The narrator his course on Jane Eyre with an overview of Charlotte Bronte’s life, her writings under the Currer Bell pseudonym, and a brief summary of the plot of the novel. He approaches the story as a mix of the...
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Meet Mr. Poe

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Introduce your readers to Edgar Allan Poe via internet research. Begin by going over rules for the library and search engines, then set learners loose to gather facts on Poe's life. The following day, have the entire class review their...
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The French Lieutenant's Women - Essay Questions

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
For this literature worksheet, students respond to 14 short answer and essay questions about John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman. Students may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
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For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Who was Mary Shelley? With this PowerPoint, viewers learn about her life before releasing Frankenstein. But how was the gothic novel created? Your class will also learn about some of the influences that helped Mary create her famous...
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The Pit and the Pendulum

For Students 11th
These twenty multiple-choice questions comprehensively cover the details of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Pit and the Pendulum. Truly put your readers' understanding and knowledge of the narrative to the test.
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The Gold-Bug

For Students 11th - 12th
Does your class remember details from The Gold-Bug? Test them with fifteen multiple-choice questions that prove to be a bit of a challenge.
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The Latin West: 1200-1500

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Take a trip through the Latin West from 1200-1500 AD. You'll discover the culture, economics, politics, and changes that took place just before and after the Black Death. A handy PowerPoint to have when you're in need of a quick medieval...
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Edgar Allen Poe And The Art Of Composition

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers evaluate several works by Edgar Allen Poe based on the criteria in his essay, "The Philosophy of Composotion" Their analysis is documented using a graphic organizer. Learners begin the pre-writing process for their own...
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Discussion Guide for Jane Eyre

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The ambiguity in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre makes the novel a perfect choice for a shared inquiry discussion. Readers respond to open-ended questions with evidence drawn directly from the text. 
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To Kill a Mockingbird, Part I

For Students 9th - 12th
Harper Lee’s 1961 Pulitzer prize-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird gets the Crash Course treatment in two short videos. The first quickly summarizes the plot and the conventions of Southern Gothic Fiction before examining what the...
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The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Content and Context

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Stage a mini debate about Edgar Allan Poe's story "Ligeia." After picking a few interpretations, split your class into groups and allow some time for preparation. Pupils must use textual evidence to support their arguments. Close the...
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African-American Art and the Political Dissent during the Harlem Renaissance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the culture of African American art. Using the internet, they research the events surrounding the Harlem Renaissance and discover how it produced a wide variety of art and literature. To end the activity, by...
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Visual Arts:Literature and World Civilization

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine the art of the Middle Ages or Medieval time period through the activities in this unit.
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Don't Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1

For Students 9th - 12th
"Who is more human? Victor Frankenstein or the nameless monster he created?" This, according to the narrator of a two-part presentation on Frankenstein, is the essential question. The video begins with a summary of the action of the...

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