An Edgar Allan Poe Trilogy Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado, and Annabel Lee
This is a trifecta of Edgar Allan Poe classics. I have gathered a very comprehensive bundle of instructional resources and activities related to two short story, The Tell Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado, and his classic love poem, Annabel Lee. These lessons focus on cooperative learning and are aligned to United States Common Core Curriculum Standards. I think your students will enjoy this bundle which includes.
1) Comprehensive, “Tell Tale Heart,” and “Cask of Amontillado,” Short Story Lesson Plans,” aligned to Common Core Standards:
2) Scavenger hunts for information for each of the two short stories: This is 30 + 31 question active reading scavenger hunts where students actively hunt for information in the story and analyze it in depth while they read. They must provide textual evidence to support their answers. These scavenger hunts are meant to enhance enjoyment and check for understanding. They are always a hit with my high school kids. Answer sheets are included.
3) Comprehensive crossword puzzle related to characters, events, and vocabulary, in each of the two short stories. Answer puzzles are included
4) Two Edgar Allan Poe Graphic Organizers: These are two graphic organizers that students use to do research on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. They break his short life into segments and ask the students to find information from the Internet or other reference sources. They are fun and give insight into Poe’s life and personality.
5) Word Detective/Word Attack vocabulary activities for each of these three classic works.
In these activities, students act as vocabulary detectives using their word attack skills to determine the meaning of new words in context, using actual dialogues and narration from the story. They are also asked to provide synonyms and identify parts of speech. There are also questions related to figurative language and word variation. Answer sheets are again included.
6) A Figurative Language Worksheet (Test) for “The Tell Tale Heart.”
This is a worksheet with 24 passages containing the different types of figurative language in them. I have also included an answer sheet. It can be used as a worksheet or a test– Answer sheet is included.
7) An Active Reading Foreshadowing Graphic Organizer for the Cask of Amontillado. In the beginning of the story, Montresor reveals that he is angry with Fortunato and seeks revenge without retribution. As students read the story they track hints or clues that foreshadow that Montresor is tricking his old friend into a dangerous trap.
8) Comprehension and character analysis questions for Annabel Lee. The last question draws upon the similarities of this poem and Romeo and Juliet. An answer sheet is included. Again there is also a Word Detective activity for this poem.
9) A Cask of Amontallado Irony Interactive Power Point Presentation