Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Modern Gothic: Joyce Carol Oates - Section 4: Doppleganger


As some advice, teachers need to do some prep work before teaching this story.  Oates leaves many holes and it is necessary to piece together everything in order to make sense of it.  There's not a lot of criticism on it so it's pretty much up for grabs.  It literally took me a few years of teaching this story to assemble my interpretations and students ideas together to make sense of it.  When I first started teaching this story, I admitted to students that I had no idea what it was about.  Students loved the task of "helping me" understand the story.




  Grappling with Complexity: Filling the Gaps in the Modern Gothic
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The Modern Gothic: Joyce Carol Oates

Unit 1: Gothic Literature: The Short Story
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama by determining how the author relies on the reader's imagination to determine theme.

Big Idea: Modern problems encrypted in the Modern Gothic.

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