Use The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy tale of twisted justice, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This two-day lesson plan includes a 15-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key/class discussion starters) and a Storytelling Arc handout (with completed key) to emphasize exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Finally, this PDF also includes a link to a short anticipatory video clip that will build students’ interest in the American Gothic tale.
This lesson is best for advanced middle school or high school students.
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