3U- Gothic Short Stories Unit

You can give me back your Wuthering Heights texts and never look at them again. This next unit will be focusing on Gothic short stories; we will be reading stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and H.P. Lovecraft. I gave out the short story packages in class, and extras are available in the classroom. Feel free to make reader’s notes as you read; the literature packages are yours to keep.

To get into a “Poe” mood: If you have eight minutes, you’re at home, (preferably with no lights on), and you’re by yourself and looking to be frightened, listen to this:

April 11: To start off the unit, read “The Tell-Tale Heart” and complete the question sheet. If you were absent, the worksheet is below, as is a link to the text. We will be examining Edgar Allan Poe and the prominent gothic motifs in his work; as you will find out, he was an “interesting” person.

“The Tell-Tale Heart”

Question Sheet

April 13: Today I revealed your ISU group novel choices. Happily, there were no problems. Think about getting together with your group soon to allocate the ISU tasks and set a deadline for the read.

We took up “The Tell-Tale Heart” questions today and discussed some gothic motifs that will recur often in Poe’s stories; blood, madness, a protagonist that doesn’t think he’s mad, dungeons, trapdoors, conflicted souls, etc. Interestingly, we talked about how to get away with murder. Hmm…

As for Poe’s mystery grave visitor, read this:

Poe Grave Mystery

For homework: Read “The Black Cat” in your short story packages and complete questions #1-12. We will view a video on Monday; then you will complete questions #13 and 14. This assignment must be typed, contain a title page, be free of mechanical errors, and use specific evidence from the text to support your answers. The text and assignment are below:

“The Black Cat” text

Assignment – BC

Due date: Tuesday, April 17th.

Wednesday, April 18

Short Story: “The Cask of Amontillado”

So, another Poe story with revenge, murder and creepy dungeons. The text and assignment sheet are below. Remember, I am looking for specific detail from the story in your answers; don’t forget to cite the page number if you use textual evidence.


The Cask of Amontillado – questions

Due date: Friday, April 20th.

April 23:

“The Masque of the Red Death” – audio reading by Gabriel Bryne.

Part 1 –

Part 2 –

Questions to consider – Masque – Worksheet

April 25th:

Read the Poe short story “Hop Frog”. If you were absent today, I have provided a link below. Over the next few days we will watch a film adaptation that contains both “The Masque of the Red Death” and “Hop Frog”; you will be asked to analyze the film for symbol, theme, and meaning. I will give you the assignment sheet and computer time to work on it tomorrow and Friday.


Film/Short Stories Assignment due date: Tuesday, May 1

Masque movie vs. story

Red Masque – film vs stories  (rubric)

Just in case you forgot how awful the movie was:

May 1: Read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and fill in the “Active Reading” chart as you do. We will be discussing and analyzing this story over the next few days.

Discussion topic: Is this a gothic story?

Below is a clip from an older PBS adaptation. See how faithful it is to the story.

Questions for Group Discussion: The Yellow Wallpaper

May 3: In Class – “The Yellow Wallpaper” Essay

              Essay proposal sheet *


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