Friday, October 11, 2013

YA Horror

I love horror stories.

In 8th grade, it is tradition that we teach an Edgar Allan Poe unit to our students. What better month to teach this than October?

I always begin with the poem THE RAVEN, which I lighten up with showing The Simpsons version. THE TELL TALE HEART is my favorite short story, so we spend time reading the original version. I found an animated version a few years ago that my students always love. But my absolute favorite Poe story is THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. After reading and discussing how this story is the antithesis of the death surrounding him in life, we create our very own 3-D masks.

To change things up a bit this year, I am teaching the genre of horror along side my unit on Poe. Makes sense doesn't it? Poe used all his angst about the deaths of his loved ones from TB to write bloody and dark stories about death. Now, not all YA stories and classic books I'm showcasing will be full of tales of blood and guts. Rather, I'm teaching my students that horror means anything that scares you. Stories full of ghosts, zombies, plague, etc are just as scary. 

Here's a list of books we'll be talking about in conjunction with POE:
1.  Coraline
2.  Frankenstein (yes, the original)- we'll be talking about Mary Shelley in depth
3.  Unwind (one of my favorite YA horror stories)

And a few new YA tales based on the classics:

           This Dark Endeavor
  This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #1)

   Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

There are so many YA books out there that are horror, but I don't use these to teach. I simply give my students the opportunity to read them, let them know that there are so many types of horror stories out there. Trust LOVE learning about and reading horror.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, interesting. These look pretty cool. :) My daughter has been very into spooky tales lately, but these are all a bit old for her yet. (She's nine.) :)