This close reading resource promotes thoughtful, critical analysis of "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, helping students focus on significant details to develop a deeper understanding of the text and contribute more meaningfully to class discussion. Featuring 10 multiple choice questions and 1 short answer question, this resource also includes an answer key. All questions are Common Core aligned to the reading literature, language, and writing standards at the ninth and tenth grade levels. When you purchase this item, you will receive three versions: a Word version, a Rich Text Format version, and a PDF version. You will also receive a copy of the short story, which is in the public domain. Finally, a link to the Google Document version of this resource is also included; make a copy of it to edit as desired.
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This product aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles, for it may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read and comprehend complex texts, this resource helps prepare students for ACT reading question types.
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