Written to meet the demands of the new Common Core and PARCC test, this one week unit includes engaging and challenging lessons to teach pre-AP skills to your students. You'll find 16 pages of original handouts, including a words and phrases scavenger hunt to teach connotation and mood, an interactive anticipation guide to introduce major thematic elements, an introduction to paraphrasing Poe, engaging lessons on irony, close reading, and annotation, and two key writing assignments. The first compares Poe's fictional tale with a non-fiction version, and the second ties it all together by asking students to write about mood and support their claim with direct quotes. Written with the PARCC test in mind, this unit intends to challenge and entertain at the same time. Thanks for taking a look!