How can I create a crossword puzzle based on, “The Masque of the Red Death"? My lists should include 7 down and 7 across.Down: Poe/ Author of the story Across: Prince Prospero/ Who is the main...

How can I create a crossword puzzle based on, “The Masque of the Red Death"? My lists should include 7 down and 7 across.

Down: Poe/ Author of the story

Across: Prince Prospero/ Who is the main character of the story?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you have a couple of issues to decide upon first.  I think that the first element that has to be decided is whether or not the crossword can be computer generated.  If it can be, there are many free sites online that can generate the actual crossword puzzle for you once you enter the words and hints.  These are wonderful resources to examine.  Many of these sites will generate the puzzle for free, which is an added benefit.  If you have to generate it by hand, this will take a bit more time, but still can be done.  Grid paper will help or creating it by hand with ruler and specifict grid creation would be the first step.

The next step will be deriving the hints and words used.  Finding what words to use might be dependent on task requirements.  If you are required to use specifc words, this should be included.  You can use the elements of literature, such as characters, plot, setting.  These ideas can be included to generate a really strong list, one that is representative of much of the story.  At the same time, you should probably ensure that your words featured share similar letters, so that the crossword can emerge.  I think that mapping these items out will be helpful for you.

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