Lesson Plan

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

U.S. postage stamp of Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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U.S. postage stamp of Legend of Sleepy Hollow - 157,270,000 issued October 12, 1974 - North Tarrytown, New York.

Washington Irving's tale of the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween classic, although few Americans celebrated that holiday when the story was new. In this unit, students explore the artistry that helped make Irving our nation's first literary master and ponder the mystery that now haunts every Halloween -- What happened to Ichabod Crane?

Guiding Questions

How does "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" still capture the imagination of readers today?

Learning Objectives

Summarize the plot of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Adapt passages of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for a contemporary audience.

Analyze the characterization of Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Offer an imaginative response to the conclusion of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."