There are TWO VERSIONS of the same story in the file. Each is adapted to roughly a medium and a lower reading level, respectively.
THIS IS A GREAT STORY! A man leads his rival to a most uncommon and slow death. All over a bottle of wine...
Scary and spooky with a very dark mood. The ending had my kids literally angry and dumbfounded at the same time.
The 'medium' and 'low' levels are based on the overall abilties of my classroom population of low income, high ELL/ESL 7/8 grade students (see the preview). I grew frustrated at having basically three tiers of readers in my 7th grade class who all loved this story (and the Tell-Tale Heart, also two adapted versions of which are for sale at my store), but only one or two groups were able to grasp it without my constant handholding.
The two adapted versions you are purchasing are not a basic retelling or a summary full of simple sentences. The complex structure, menacing tone and voice of Poe is retained. These versions just make the origninal more accessible to mature students who simply lack advanced reading skills to follow the flowery early 19th century writing.
It still reads as age-appropriate text for those in middle school and high school so they won't feel the shame as if they are reading a children's book while the others read the 'real' story. These adaptations allow for a truly leveled and differentiated reading activity but with the convenience - and FUN - of the whole class talking about the same short story.
There are 6 footnotes in this story as I felt it necessary to explain what the Freemasons, a cask, and other archaic, 19th century terms were.
Assessment (both written and multiple choice answer, Common Core style) and activities for this and Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe coming soon!