Have your students read the creepy, gothic short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe and supplement your lesson with these pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities!
- First have your students look at a series of superstitions and decide if they are superstitious themselves.
- Secondly, this story is RICH with academic vocabulary. Have your students choose 10 words from a list of 25 words to learn and define.
- Next, your students will read the short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe and answer 25 questions that require literary analysis and the use of textual evidence.
- Have your students dive further into the short story with a quote analysis activity and direct students to breakdown the significance of important quotes from the story.
- To summarize this lesson, have your students write an objective summary of the text; lastly, they will choose one of three fun, creative writing options from a learning menu.
Literary elements covered in this lesson include foreshadowing, suspense, irony, point of view, character motives, and theme.