Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe short story + non-fiction, PDF & Google Drive, CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
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  • Google Apps™
10-page PDF, including media links and Google Drive versions of handouts (uneditable)
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Laura Randazzo
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Use “The Black Cat” by American Gothic/Dark Romantic writer Edgar Allan Poe to teach your students the elements of literary analysis, get them thinking deeply about the short story's text, and provide opportunities for real-world connections to this grisly story via a 2009 newspaper article (link included) and critical reading activity. This two-day lesson plan includes a full-text copy of the story, a 10-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and a real-world informational text activity to engage and challenge your students. As a bonus, there’s also a 17-minute video (link included) version of the tale.

This download includes a PDF of all materials, plus Google Drive versions of the student handouts.

Due to the graphic nature of Poe’s story, these lesson materials were built with high school students in mind. Middle school students are likely too young to handle the thick language and disturbing content of Poe’s story.

Want students to learn more about Edgar Allan Poe's sad, short life?

Click HERE for a student-directed author biography research activity.

Interested in more short story materials?

Click HERE for interactive, multimedia lessons on a variety of classic short stories.

Click HERE for a budget-priced FOUR WEEK short story unit.

Please note: Poe's "The Black Cat” materials are NOT included in my short story bundle.

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Cover image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
10-page PDF, including media links and Google Drive versions of handouts (uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of 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’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).


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