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"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe: Text, Reading Questions, & Key

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"The Cask of Amontillado": Common Core, Smarter Balanced
This is the 4-page short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe with a 3-page reading assessment that has 20 multiple-choice questions. The first 15 are in-text questions and the final 5 are beyond-text questions. There are also 2 short-answer questions.

This short story unit is Common Core aligned and written as a Smarter Balanced assessment that contains selected responses and constructive responses.

There is also a 3-page answer key that goes along with it.

The documents are in Word and in PDF; therefore, they total 20 pages.

I use this reading assessment as a "warm" read test for my honors students as part of their Romanticism unit. Instead of a cold read, where the students have to read an unfamiliar selection and then answer questions, I give this selection to my students in advance, telling them to read it, research it, and discuss it among themselves. However, I answer no questions about it. Then on assessment day, they get the assessment and may use the text. Therefore, I call it a "warm" read instead of being cold.

You, of course, could use it as a short story that is taught or even use it as a lesson for a substitute if you needed something quickly. The students could read it and research it on their own or in class if you can get students to a computer center.

If you use it as an emergency lesson plan, the substitute will have the answer key as well as possible answers for the short-answer questions.

Common Core State Standards
CCRA.R.1, 3, 4
RL.9-10.3, 5
RL.11-12.1, 6

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