What's New in Language Arts

"Springing" into horrifying suspense...

Examining literary elements through classic chills and thrills!

Greetings families! As we are now two weeks into the fourth quarter, it is best to communicate an outline of what we are studying this spring!


Despite the joy of spring, students are currently engaged in a genre study of the horror genre in literature. We have gone back to the classics, including titles such as:


  • Poe's well-known poems "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven"
  • "The Tell-tale Heart"
  • "The Monkey's Paw" --by W.W. Jacobs (students will also see a short film version)


Students are examining the use of literary terms through these stories, such as:


  • Mood and tone
  • Foreshadowing
  • Universal themes
  • Suspense and the techniques used to create it in writing
  • Imagery

Culminating Assessment

Students will incorporate elements of the horror genre into writing their own structured horror story late in the month of April.

There are smaller quizzes and in-class responses along the way to check progress.

Students are also receiving more instruction on how to structure sophisticated written responses to literature using textual evidence.

As always, please call or email with any questions or concerns.