Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
European History: 1600s-1800s
Gothic Literature

European History: 1600s-1800s
European History: 1600s-1800s

Gothic Literature
Print Gothic Literature Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print Gothic Literature Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Gothic Literature Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.57

     challenging words:    alchemy, gothic, victorious, format, re-named, presented, literature, well-known, sickly, novels, theatre, fiction, writing, series, mariner, bleak
     content words:    Boris Karloff, Mary Shelley, Lake Geneva, Arctic Circle, Robert Walton, Bram Stoker, Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, Van Helsing

Gothic Literature
By Sharon Fabian

1     Caption: Screenshot of Boris Karloff from the film Bride of Frankenstein. 1935.
2     Gothic literature - it has fascinated readers ever since it first appeared. Even today, it continues to find a large audience. Gothic stories show a dark side of human nature, yet people love to read them. Maybe that is because, at the end of the scary tale, good is victorious over evil.
3     One early gothic writer was Mary Shelley. It is said that Mary got the idea for her famous gothic novel while visiting Lake Geneva in Switzerland with her husband and a group of friends who were all writers. One evening they decided to have a contest to see who could write the best ghost story. Several of the friends presented their stories, but Mary couldn't come up with an idea to begin hers. She decided to sleep on it. Later that night in a dream, she saw a terrifying scene. She pictured a scientist with a disfigured creature. The scientist had done an evil deed - he had created this creature from body parts of people long deceased. The horrible scene frightened Mary, and she decided to describe it in her ghost story so that it could scare her readers just as it had scared her.
4     Beginning with "It was on a dreary night of November..." she told the tale of her mad scientist, Frankenstein, and the monster he created.
5     In her story, Frankenstein built his creature just as Mary had seen it created in her dream. He used a combination of science and ancient alchemy to bring the creature to life. As soon as the creature took his first breath, Frankenstein saw that he had made a terrible mistake. The creature was eight feet tall and had sickly, pale skin and yellow, watery eyes. It looked like it was barely alive. Frankenstein ran from his creation in terror.

Paragraphs 6 to 13:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

Feedback on Gothic Literature
Leave your feedback on Gothic Literature   (use this link if you found an error in the story)

European History: 1600s-1800s
             European History: 1600s-1800s

Social Studies
             Social Studies

    United States History and Theme Units  
    American Government  
    Ancient America  
    Ancient China  
    Ancient Egypt  
    Ancient Greece  
    Ancient India  
    Ancient Mesopotamia  
    Ancient Rome  
    Canadian Theme Unit  
    Country Theme Units  
    Crime and Terrorism  
    European History: 1600s-1800s  
    Famous Educators  
    Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series  
    History of Books and Writing  
    History of Mathematics  
    How Can I Help?  
    Inventors and Inventions  
    Middle Ages  
    World Religion  
    World War I  
    World War II  
    World Wonders  

Copyright © 2018 edHelper