Lesson 1 (from The Legend of Pin Oak)
The Legend of Pin Oak
"The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural" is a collection of ten short stories by Patricia McKissack. The stories depict racism, hauntings and vengeance in the style of Gothic horror. Patricia McKissack (born 1944) is an American children's writer from Smyrna, Tennessee. McKissack drew inspiration from family stories and childhood ghost tales to imbue the tone, characters, and stories of this collection, which was the winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award. In this lesson, students are introduced to the book, and will research and discuss the author Patricia McKissack.
1) Teacher Lecture: Introduce the students to the book and author. "The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural" is a collection of ten short stories by American author Patricia McKissack depicting racism, haunting and vengeance in the style of Gothic horror.
2) Research Activity: Allow students time in the beginning of class to...
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