Help high school students develop a greater understanding of how H.P. Lovecraft used descriptive language, characterization, setting, connotation, and various literary devices in “The Outsider” to establish an eerie mood consistent with the Gothic genre. Delivered in Word Document and PDF formats, this resource serves well for an independent learning opportunity, as well as for small-group discussions. Through such discussions, students may evaluate peers’ reasoning and use of rhetoric to support claims, clarifying or challenging ideas as needed. An answer key and copy of the public domain short story are included.