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Spooky, Weird, and Mysterious Short Story Analysis for Tweens and Teens!

Each week, students independently read a spooky story provided by the instructor. During class, we close read the story analyzing literary elements and the author's craft. See the schedule for the text of the week.
Vanessa Roach
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Students will be engaged in literary analysis during class discussions to improve critical thinking skills and analysis.
I am a secondary English teacher (5 years public school experience) with a MAE. I focused on Gothic Literature, British Literature, and horror genres of literature for my dissertation.
Reading the next week's text.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parental guidance is always suggested. Some of the stories may be scary to young learners and parents should look into the week's topic prior to class to ensure it is appropriate for their learners. Parents are the best judges of their child's maturity and sensitivities. Please read any stories you are concerned about ahead of the class and feel free to contact me to determine if the class might be right for your learner. 
Week 1: 8/27- "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe (link: 
Summary: "The Black Cat" is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. In the story, an unnamed alcoholic narrator has a strong affection for pets, but his cat, Pluto, seeks revenge after the cat experiences violent rage from the narrator.

Week 2: 9/3- "The Bad Babysitter" by R.L. Stein (link: 
Summary: When Lulu, the new baby-sitter shows up, Matthew and his sister begin to think that she may be fun after all until they realize that the mud cookies they are making are voodoo cookies with real power to inflict pain.

Week 3: 9/10: "Born of Man and Woman" by Richard Mattheson (link:
Summary: “Born of Man and Woman” is written as a series of journal entries penned by a child-like Creaturewho is kept chained in the cellar of its parents’ suburban home. 

Week 4: 9/17: "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl (link:
Summary: Billy Weaver is looking for a place to say. The landlady seems nice, but under her sweet, generous exterior is a darker side

Week 5: 9/24: "Royal Jelly" by Roald Dahl (link:
Summary: Albert and Mabel Taylor have a newborn baby daughter. Mabel is frightened because the child won't eat and has been losing weight since birth. Albert, a beekeeper, devises the novel solution of adding royal jelly, used to make bee larvae grow, to the baby's milk. The baby begins to drink ravenously, getting fatter, yet Mabel is concerned.

Week 6: 10/1: "Quitters Inc." by Stephen King (link:
Summary: A man who attempts to quit smoking seeks the company of Quitters Inc. who guarantee results no matter what.

TBC: "Lamb to the Slaughter," "Suffer All the Children," "The Lottery," "The Most Dangerous Game"

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Vanessa Roach
Lives in the United States
B.S.Ed, TESOL, MAET Inclusive & Interactive Educator
229 total reviews
317 completed classes

About Me

Thank you for visiting my Outschool profile! In my classes, I work with all levels of students (IEP students, general education, and gifted students).  My goal as a teacher is to foster critical thinking and oral/written communication skills in... 
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