The Black Cat eNotes Teaching Guide

by Tessie Barbosa

  • Released October 09, 2019
  • Language Arts and Literature subjects
  • 11 pages
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So you’re going to teach Edgar Allan Poe's “The Black Cat.” Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, this classic short story has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenges—depictions of alcohol abuse, murder, and animal abuse—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying “The Black Cat” will give them insight into Poe’s use of an unreliable narrator, figurative language, and important themes surrounding sanity and madness and good versus evil. This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.