This 57 page unit contains the following:
--Poe background instructions
--CP (college prep) Poe background
--CP (college prep) Poe background teacher's edition
--Advanced (Honors) Poe background
--Advanced (Honors) Poe background teacher's edition
--CP version of the guided reader
-- Teacher's edition of the CP version of the guided reader (contains guided questions to help students understand plot and analyze the text)
--Honors version of the guided reader (contains more challenging questions for more advanced readers, approximately 5 questions are standard on both version in case differentiation is done in the classroom and not for different sections --i.e. CP and Honors classes)
--Teacher's edition of the honors version of the guided reader
--Honore de Balzac background information
--text (public domain ) of "La Grande Breteche" (supposedly the text that motivated Poe to write "The Cask of Amontillado"; it comes from one of Poe's favorite books and is a high interest story)
--"La Grande Breteche" discussion questions for the story and comparison questions for "The Cask of Amontillado"
--"La Grande Breteche" discussion key
--Informational Text on the influences of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" and an essay question for more advanced readers
This unit is designed for the busy high school teacher who teaches different sections of the same class. This way, you can use the CP version in one class, and the honors version in the same class. It can also be used to differentiate curriculum in the classroom. It can also be used with a 9th grade short story unit, and an 11th grade American literature course simultaneously.
The teacher's editions of the texts provide answers to the questions and analysis from the major critics who have written about the story. It answers all of the main questions that students have had about the text in the past (like "Why did he have to kill him?" and "Why is this Amontillado such a big deal anyway?") by providing insight from critics rather than personal opinion.
This unit would work well as a sub plan or as as emergency sub plan because the guided reader format leads students to the general area of the answer as compared to reading questions which can confuse struggling readers or students who suffer from ADHD.
This PDF file is readily adaptable for Chromebooks and iPads