In this course, students will explore the literary genre of horror through the famous works of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We’ll discuss the context of these texts in terms of literary movements and the author’s lives and use them as a foundation to develop the strong reading comprehension and analytical skills that students require to succeed in their courses. We’ll cover note taking and annotation skills that students can use to prepare for future assignments and deepen their understanding. Students will delve into the themes of each work, and evaluate ways in which they address similar and different issues, in both discussion and writing.
Students will also have the opportunity to hone their writing skills through three essays, which will demonstrate both their mastery of the texts and their grasp of analytical essay writing. We’ll use these essays as an opportunity to expand upon the student’s existing skills to set them up for success in their future English classes.