I love teaching Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” but there are certain elements of the story that my students can’t fully appreciate without help: the creepiness of the catacombs, the ironic time during which the story is set, elements of Montresor’s macabre humor, and arcane bits of historical detail. This lesson evolved over years of teaching the story to help my students efficiently gain the background information necessary. I knew I was successful when I overheard a student laugh out loud at the mason/freemason moment and say to her group, “That’s why she made us look that up!”
This lesson takes one night of research-based homework and one day of group work in class. If you have access to computers (i.e. if you aren’t teaching this during “testing season”), you could do the research portion of the assignment in class in one day.
This download includes
• One 2-sided student worksheet with clear instructions and room to work
• CCSS alignment
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