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In “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe allows us a glimpse of insanity with his first person account of an animal lover’s descent into madness. This lesson allows your students to track the narrator’s sanity on a line graph. Spoiler alert: this guy is really moody. My joke for my students is always, “This is how English teachers do math!”
This 1-day lesson requires close reading and textual support in a visual way that is different from the usual “Answer-the-question-with-a-quote-for-support” questions that we all ask often. I have provided you with an answer key, although there are innumerable possibilities. Plan on a fun discussion when everyone is finished working!