KS3 Gothic literature

Lauren Tong
06th May 2019
Gothic literature

KS3 English resources for Gothic literature

Starting in KS3, Gothic literature is introduced into the English classroom and is usually a big hit among students. Whether you teach it through Poe, Shelley, Stoker or more recent Gothic novelists such as Susan Hill, there are plenty of authors to inspire your classes. So, why not check out this selection of starters, lessons and homework booklets to spark your students interest with Gothic literature.

Urban Myths - Gothic Writing

A fully differentiated lesson for low ability KS3 students that focuses on urban myths but also looks at describing gothic settings.
By Lead_Practitioner

Gothic Horror Creative Writing Lesson

An engaging and fully resourced extended writing lesson.
Suitable for KS3 or KS4 AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B - Descriptive Writing practice.
The PowerPoint includes:

  • Overview of the features of Gothic literature
  • Extract from Bram Stoker’s Dracula for analysis
  • Creative writing image, activity and choice prompts
  • Planning worksheet
  • Peer assessment focus

In the past I also used this as a cover lesson which worked really well.

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By NovelTeachingUK

Gothic Literature Homework Booklet

An A5 sized booklet for easy use with planners with three homework tasks based on Gothic Literature. Tasks are project-based and include research, creative making and written tasks. Booklet also contains key words for a Gothic unit and space for learners to record any new vocabulary they learn.
By em2702

Gothic Fiction: Gothic Settings

Part of a detailed timeline style unit of work on Gothic Fiction. This lesson introduces students to common Gothic settings. Suitable for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
By resourcesforenglishteachers

Creative Writing Lesson - Gothic Horror

An engaging creative writing lesson based around the theme of gothic horror. The lesson includes a number of activities to develop students' vocabulary and use of more complex sentence structures.
By RojoResources

English Gothic Writing Bundle

KS3 Bundle of the most popular Gothic themed resources from the English Rose store. Includes the brand new Introductory Course to The Woman in Black as well as printable resources for creative writing to use alongside your study of the text.

At least 5 lessons worth of material available for a short time only at a discount of 30%!
By Rose Thornett

Gothic writing project

Students redrafted a piece of their own Gothic writing short story/ghost story and turned their work into a book.
Can be used as end of term/topic project or homework task.
Includes advice and how to set out their portfolio of work and include some non-fiction writing about themselves.
Used with low ability originally but could be altered for more able students.
By eamcvit

Gothic Genre Writing Warm Ups

Help your students to develop their creative writing skills through these Gothic Genre writing warm ups.

These writing activities are designed for the first 5 minutes of your lesson, as a “do now” activity. Students are given a prompt to use as a starter. They are also encouraged to incorporate various language features into their writing.

These writing warms up activities are a great compliment to a Gothic Genre unit of work.

By bdralphs

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