Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The author of "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," Shirley Jackson, was a popular novelist in her day. Jackson is best known for her short story "The Lottery" as well as the horror novel, "The Haunting of Hill House". This lesson discusses the author, Shirley Jackson.
1) Library research: Have the students research the author, Shirley Jackson. Explore the other works she has written, as well as her background. Take a look at interviews and critiques of her work to gain information on her writing and where "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" fits in with her other novels.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Jackson and her canon. Have each group read an excerpt from different novels and short stories written by Jackson during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have students compare...
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