Research Essay for The Turn of the Screw

Research Essay for The Turn of the Screw

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will produce a 5-7 page essay using research to support an opinion that they have effectively argued and correctly cited in MLA format.

The general goal of this lesson is for students to craft a 5-7 page essay which uses research to support their stance on a topic.  For this essay, the students will argue whether they believe the character of the Governess, from Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, is mentally sound.  Essays will need to be correctly cited using MLA format, as well as peer edited.  

Length of time needed: 13 class periods (90 minutes each)

This lesson was written by Jessica Kemp.

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Lesson Plan

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Source: Jessica Kemp

Handouts and Materials

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Lesson Plan (Word document)

Research Essay Assignment (Word document)

Research Essay Peer Edit Checklist (Word document)


Research Essay Rubric (PDF document)


Source: Jessica Kemp