Gothic Novel Unit Overview

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Essential Question: How has the term “gothic” evolved over time?

Major Focal Textsyou must choose one

  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson*

*Additional readings required; see reading calendar in this packet

Unit Projects and Assessments

  • Slideshow & Presentation**
  • Major Works Data Sheet***
  • SOAPSTone Analysis***
  • Plot Tests (3)
  • Final Test, EOC-Style (1)
  • Dialectical Journals (5 journals x 3 = 15)
  • Literary Analysis Essay (3-5 pages)

** Details in this packet

*** Assignment will be posted in Google Classroom

A Word About Group Work

In this unit, you have the option to work solo, in small groups, or in large groups on certain assignments. The maximum group size will be determined by the number of students in class reading a particular novel. All tests and essays are of course solo assignments.

Novel Selection

You must make your final novel selection by September 7. There is a form in Google Classroom that you will need to complete. Once you have submitted your decision, it is final and you may not make a change.

Reading & Assessment Calendar


Test Information Dracula Frankenstein Jekyll & Hyde
Test #1 (Plot) – September 19 Covers THROUGH Chapter 9 Covers THROUGH Chapter 8 Covers THROUGH Chapter 10
Test #2 (Plot) – October 3 Covers Chapter 10 – Chapter 18 Covers Chapter 9 – Chapter 16 Covers Short Story List A
Test #3 (Plot) – October 19 Covers Chapter 19 – End of novel Covers Chapter 17 – End of novel Covers Short Story List B


*Students that choose The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will receive a packet of associated reading. In this packet are 10 short stories and four Gothic poems. The packet will be divided into List A and List B for clarity.

Your final assessment for this unit will be November 2. The final assessment is EOC-style, which means that it will be passage based. Passages from all of the readings will be on the test (⅔ of the exam will be a “cold read” for each student).

Additional Due Dates & Deadlines

  • Dialectical Journals (5 entries) will be due after each plot test. Journals will cover the appropriate section of the novel or short story list. Dialectical Journal due dates are September 22, October 6, and October 23
  • October 23 – Essay rough draft due
  • October 27 – MWDS and SOAPSTone due
  • October 30 – November 1 – Slideshow & Presentations Due
  • November 3 – Essay final draft due


September Calendar

4 – No School

  • 5 – Novel Unit Overview; Introduction to Sports & Fitness (Allen Iverson Interview)
  • 6 – “The Silent Season of a Hero” – Joltin’ Joe – p. 431
  • 7 – CERT exam (Mrs. Clark will have a substitute) – NOVEL SELECTION DUE
  • 8 – Vocabulary quiz; Teddy Roosevelt reading (p. 449); Grammar retakes if necessary


Week #2

  • 11 – Grammar lesson; Introduce dialectical journals
  • 12 – John McMurtry (p. 453); Mini-lesson (Absolute Phrases)
  • 13 – “A Spectator’s Notebook” (p.461); Mini-lesson (Appositive Phrases)
  • 14 – “The Real New York Giants” (p.471); Mini-lesson (Gerund Phrases)
  • 15 – Vocabulary Quiz; Study guide for novel test #1


Week #3

  • 18 – Body Image #1-#2 (p.482-485); Mini-lesson (Infinitives & Participial Phrases)
  • 19 – Plot Test #1; Mini-lesson (Prepositional Phrases)
  • 20 – Body Image #3-#5; Review for grammar test #2
  • 21 – Grammar Test #2; time to work on dialectical journals if not finished
  • 22 – Vocabulary Quiz; On-Demand Writing review


Week #4

  • 25 – On-Demand Writing Benchmark Test
  • 26 – Chromebooks – Enter CERT answers; do ILP; work on projects
  • 27 – Chromebooks – continue/finish from 8/27
  • 28 – Essay writing workshop;time to work on unit work
  • 29 – Vocabulary Quiz; continue work from 9/28

October Calendar Overview

A more detailed calendar will be provided at the end of September. This allows for adjustments to be made if we are ahead/behind schedule in our other lessons. Please use this as a general guideline for planning, but understand that it is subject to change.


1 2 3

Plot Test #2

4 5 6

Vocab Quiz















15 16 17 18 19

Plot Test #3


Vocab Quiz

22 23

Essay Rough Drafts

24 25

Grammar Test #3 – Clauses

26 27

Vocab Quiz

29 30

Present- ations


Present- ations


Present- ations


Final Test (EOC Style)


Vocab Quiz; Essay Due






  • Slideshows must be created in Google Slides.
  • If working in a group, create ONE Slideshow. Share it with your collaborators. Do NOT share it with me until you are ready for presentation & grading.



  • 3 – 5 slides of biographical information about the author.
  • 3 – 5 slides of historical context for the novel.
  • 1 slide defining Gothic novel
  • 3 – 5 slides of plot summary of the novel (no spoilers of the ending, please)
  • 5 slides, each with one specific example of how the novel fits the Gothic category
  • Works Cited slide(s) – as many as necessary to cite all sources



You will have to present your slideshow to the class. As a part of the presentation, all group members must speak/present equally (you can’t assign one student to change the slides and one person to create slides).




    • Content (50 points)


  • For full credit: slideshow contains all of the required slides in the list above. Slides are complete, with a balance between text and images on each. Images included enhance the presentation, instead of disguise missing elements


    • Research & Cited Sources (25 points)


  • For full credit: Works Cited area clearly outlines which resources are used for which information/images
  • Please note that failure to cite sources will result in a plagiarism violation and a zero for this assignment


    • Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, Proofreading (25 points)


  • For full credit: Clear evidence of thoughtful proofreading. Sentences are grammatically correct, presentation is free of typographical errors


    • Presentation (50 points)


  • For full credit: Slideshow is shared with Mrs. Clark prior to the beginning of class on your assigned date. Presentation to the class is clearly rehearsed and smooth, with all members equally presenting and explaining content on slides. Presentation is engaging and is an effective use of time (not simply reading slides but truly presenting information to the class)




I will share a blank Major Works Data Sheet in Google Classroom. Please follow the instructions below carefully.


If working alone:


  • Open the blank assignment. Go to the FILE menu and select Make a Copy.
  • Name your assignment as follows: LASTNAME MWDS NOVEL (for example, Clark MWDS Dracula)
  • Edit the document as necessary to complete the sections.
  • Do not share the document with me until you are ready for it to be graded.
  • When you are ready for me to grade the assignment, click the blue SHARE button and enter my e-mail address (


If working in a group:


  • Give Mrs. Clark a list of your group members. She will give your group an identifier.
  • Open the blank assignment. Go to the FILE menu and select Make a Copy.
  • Name your copied assignment as follows: IDENTIFIER MWDS NOVEL (for example, Group B MWDS Frankenstein)
  • Share the document with your group members by clicking the blue SHARE button and entering their school e-mail addresses. Please do not use personal Google accounts.
  • I strongly suggest creating your individual answers in separate Google docs and pasting them in rather than all editing the same document simultaneously.
  • Do not share the document with me until you are ready for it to be graded.
  • When you are ready for me to grade the assignment, click the blue SHARE button and enter my e-mail address (


The completed MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET is worth 200 points (50 points a main section). Please bear in mind that I strongly prefer that you do not use any additional sources on the MWDS. If you absolutely must, cite your source. Please understand that I will aggressively check for plagiarism on the MWDS. Do not make a mistake that will result in a zero for your entire group. It’s better to err on the side of caution.