The Haunting of Hill House Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students make inferences about the text, describe how the main characters evolve, and identify the purpose of allusions while reading 'The Haunting of Hill House' by Shirley Jackson.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Answer questions and make inferences about The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Describe the main characters and the way they transform over the course of the story
  • Identify the significance of allusions


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).


  • ambiguous
  • conscientious
  • indefatigable
  • infallible
  • intrepid
  • leprous
  • manifestation
  • scrupulous
  • vigil
  • wantonly


  • Copies of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Access to research materials
  • Paper
  • Pens


  • This lesson is designed for after the students have read the book The Haunting of Hill House

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