This fun resource featuring Edgar Allan Poe's seminal short story is comprised of the following, all editable in Microsoft Word. It's the perfect way to get spooky for October or a thematic Halloween Unit, and can be adapted into an Escape Room if desired. This resource is meant to be used in close reading, with each day built around an additional read-through. I recommend students annotating the text and listening to the YouTube audio while reading. (Note - thumbnails don't show the fonts and spacing correctly)
*Though the suggested story PDF was taken from the CommonLit website, and I encourage teachers to access a plot diagram off of Google Images, these items are free and readily available to the public domain, and I do not take credit for writing the story or creating those pages, or hereafter mentioned YouTube links*
This resource includes:
- 3-Day lesson plan outline for teachers to give them the lay of the activities, including links for the suggested plot diagram on Day 2;
- Pre-reading Anticipation Guide with a link to a YouTube video explaining the symptoms and societal devastation of the Bubonic Plague/Black Death (read the room - may not be appropriate for queasy or weak-stomached kiddos);
- Anticipation Guide includes vocabulary with definitions, a brief background, an About the Author for Edgar Allan Poe (again, read the room - homeboy married his pre-teen cousin), and several pre-reading questions that have students do research into the song "Ring Around the Rosy" and the tenets of Gothic literature;
- DBQs which include matching the symbolism of the different room colors; multiple-choice questions from CommonLit about word choice and tone; and short response questions to gauge comprehension;
- 6 Stations to go along with a 3rd read, including a digital "Phantom of the Opera" tie-in, an "Appointment in Samarra" by W. Somerset Maugham graphic organizer opportunity, a "Wheel of ForTone" connotation station, a figurative language personification station utilizing "The Lorax" and allegories, a theme station, and an objective summary-writing station.
- And the best part - all of the Stations are aligned to the Florida State standards. Easy to remove if you aren't Florida-based, easy to adapt to Common Core, and easy to keep if you're Sunshine State-oriented.
- Answer Keys for everything mentioned above :)