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For many high school readers, supernatural fiction, fantasy, and horror are genres that maximize engagement with literature. “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft features plot elements consistent with the aforementioned genres: a psychologically fragile protagonist, isolation in the middle of the ocean, the discovery of a newly risen island, a humanoid creature, and more. This rigorous worksheet covering “Dagon” helps English teachers extend student learning beyond reading comprehension, support the development of close reading analysis skills, and save valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. An answer key and copy of the public domain narrative are provided. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Analyze the author’s craft, discerning and explaining how Lovecraft hooks the reader’s attention
  • Identify assumptions the narrator makes about his audience
  • Analyze the author’s word choices to discern and explain intended meaning
  • Identify the story’s inciting incident
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including consonance, metaphor, tautology, and hyperbole
  • Read a passage to discern and explain what it foreshadows
  • Identify the narrator’s theory as to the origin of the land mass
  • Analyze the author’s craft, discerning and explaining how Lovecraft establishes and sustains a powerful sense of dread
  • Define words in context
  • Verify interpretations of words and phrases using reference materials such as a dictionary and thesaurus
  • Infer character motivations based on thoughts, statements, and/or actions
  • Infer the fate of the narrator in context
  • Write with clarity, logic, and precision