Day 1

The Turn of the Screw Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    I've Been Framed!

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing

    Objective:

    Learn about framing devices in storytelling, and discuss why Henry James deploys one in the novel.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5

    Structure:

    The primary story of The Turn of the Screw focuses on the unnamed governess, the creepy children she cares for, and possibly a few ghosts. However, that's not how the tale starts out! The novel opens with a gathering of friends telling spooky stories on Christmas Eve, one of whom possesses the manuscript in which the governess's story is recorded. This technique is known as a framing device, or a a frame story. It was very common in early novels...

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