This short story unit studies Poe's classic tale "The Black Cat." This excellent unit examines Poe's style and the Gothic fiction genre.
Story unit includes:
Gothic Literature Background Informational text
The Black Cat Brainstorming Activity (Pre-Reading)
The Black Cat story text
The Black Cat reading guide
The Black Cat Illustration Activity
The Black Cat Writing Prompts (2)
Reading guide focuses on comprehension but also includes vocabulary, analysis, figurative language, quotation interpretation, and MORE!! Guide also has true and false format questions to practice student judgment and attention to detail. This guide uses research-based strategies (word associations, turn & talk, pair & share, and polling). Guide starts with a short informational text about black cat superstitions in different cultures and has 4 corresponding questions.
Gothic literature informational text examines the development of the genre as it relates to Poe, his influences, and his impact. Text uses chunking to aid in student comprehension and concludes with exit slip and strategy survey.
Story text is formatted to save paper!!
Pre-reading activity uses group work to examine central themes and controversial issues. It also focuses on idea presentation through public speaking.
Illustration activity extends student comprehension, and writing prompts discuss the effectiveness of the story's opening and Poe's tragic life in relation to his tragic stories.
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