Students learn about the context for Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado.”
This lesson encourages students to write a rhetorical analysis essay.
Students will read, listen to and view supporting video and audio clips while learning the necessary elements to analyze fiction. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a plot diagram, short paragraph assessments, multiple choice, a Socratic seminar, and a written timed essay scored on an AP English-style rubric.
The central text is Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado.” The students will complete a plot diagram graphic organizer for the story. The TED TALK and long videos used such as the film “The Cask of Amontillado” & The TED TALK “Forgiveness in an Age of Anger,” by Brant Hansen. There are links to two different multiple-choice assessments including one designed for ACT/SAT style reading and assessment. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and many videos showing the themes of the unit. There is a short paragraph writing opportunity writing as Fortunato on the day after the story ends. The entire lessons act as a building of context for a rhetorical analysis on “The Cask of Amontillado.”
These five daily lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as support for the rhetorical analysis. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.