The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plans (Short Story Included)
This lesson plan covers the short story "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe. The story is included here in a reader-friendly format as part of this PDF.
Our lesson plans are divided into the following sections:
Each of our lesson plans begins with a short intro page giving a brief review of the story and its publication history: when it was first published and where.
Story in Context
Brief background is provided for certain concepts that students may be unfamiliar with. Enough to encourage class discussion, but not enough to be distracting to the story itself.
Stories in Conversation
Stories do not exist in a vacuum. Our lesson plans try to connect the dots between the story itself and other stories, movies, and media that came before and after.
Interrogating Characters presents students with a way to engage with specific characters in the story. We select characters other than the main character or narrator so that students can ponder other points of view.
Missing in Action
Every story has gaps or missing points of view. In Missing in Action, we ask students to consider those neglected viewpoints in order to gain a better understanding of what the author has left out.
Analyzing Language provides 6 questions that look specifically at the language the author has used and asks students to consider those choices to better understand the story.
Each lesson plan has one Activity. Some are solo projects, others are done with partners or in groups. Activities engage students with the text in ways that are analytical but not based on essay responses.
Launchpad asks students to write their own stories using the story selection as a starting point. Usually this is a continuation of the tale that asks students to use their imaginations.