"Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe: Annotation Organizer

Grade Levels
7th - 12th
Formats Included
  • Zip (16 pages)
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"Black Cat" by "Edgar Allan Poe"
All our stories are Digital Ready. Students can highlight/annotate the text on a computer.

A 2nd organizer for teaching close/active reading/annotation is included.

"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe is part of our Short Story Annotation Series designed to improve annotation skills, bolster reading comprehension, and cultivate literary appreciation.


“Side-by-Side” Annotation Organizer with Complete Short Story

The "Side-by-Side" Annotation Organizer includes the complete short story and is designed with ample space beside the text for student annotations and teacher comments.

Annotation Organizer for “Close and Active Reading”

This is a simple organizer that can be used for many different teaching situations, from basic annotation instruction to the development of independent student annotation. It can be used with any type of text, including poems, short stories, novels, or nonfiction.

Digital-Ready Support

All student materials are Digital Ready. Students can use a computer to enter, edit, highlight, and save text directly in special areas in the PDF document. The documents can also be uploaded to services like Google Classroom, Edmodo, and Blackboard for students to download.

Common Core

The Side-by-Side Annotation Organizer supports several Common Core Standards (CCSS): CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.9, & CCRA.R.10.

"The Black Cat" is also included in our compilation Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre. Here are the other short stories included:

     The Tell-Tale Heart
     The Pit and the Pendulum
     A Descent into the Maelstrom
     The Fall of the House of Usher
     The Angel of the Odd
     The Cask of Amontillado
     The Masque of the Red Death

Get the "Master of the Macabre" compilation by CLICKING HERE.


CLICK HERE for our compilation of 110 Great Short Stories for Middle and High School students


"The Black Cat" full text by Edgar Allan Poe is included for free.
Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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