Hi all, Me again with my difficult group of disaffected year 9 boys. To cut a long story medium length: - they will not sit and listen for longer than about 2 minutes - reading together as a class is impossible - the only way to get them to read a text (very short) is to give them a load of short answer questions on it and they have to search the text for the answers - have tried everything to engage them - movie clips, music, posters, gruesome topics, subjects they enjoy, laptops - they cannot stay on task for more than 5-10 minutes and find almost everything boring My challenge this term is to teach them all about Gothic Literature with as much pre-1914 as possible. The stories need to be short, immediately gripping and boy-friendly and relatively low-ability. I have considered The Monkey's Paw, The Tell Tale Heart etc. I've also considered getting them to transfer some other things into Gothic e.g. The Amityville Horror. Basically I'm after anything anyone has used before especially short gothic stories which will engage them and not intimidate them. Activities, film clips, images, games etc. all welcome! Thanks in advance!