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  • The Raven Vocabulary Lesson Plan

    Analyzing Diction to Evaluate Atmosphere and Mood: This lesson plan focuses on Poe’s diction and how it contributes to atmosphere and mood in “The Raven.” Students will examine the connotations of descriptive words in the poem and identify the atmosphere and mood they create in the text. By studying Poe’s...

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  • The Raven eNotes Lesson Plan

    1. Describe the setting of the poem as it is established in the first two stanzas. How does the setting complement the narrator’s physical and emotional state? The setting is a night in “bleak December”; the time is midnight, a “dreary” time long before sunrise. The fire is dying, the...

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  • The Cask of Amontillado eNotes Lesson Plan

    Objectives After studying “The Cask of Amontillado,” students will be able to Summarize the plot and interpret the story’s conclusion. Describe the main characters, identifying their major traits. Describe the setting and atmosphere and discuss how they contribute to the horror in the narrative. Define point of view and explain...

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  • The Tell-Tale Heart eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    As the story begins, the narrator admits to being “very dreadfully nervous,” but he denies being mad. What is the first argument he offers to show that he is not insane? Explain how his argument and the examples he offers counter rather than support his assertion that he is sane. Describe the obsession...

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  • The Raven eNotes Teaching Guide

    This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" before you begin teaching. In helping guide your students through the text, they will gain insight into Poe as a poet, as well as a literary critic, and help them develop an appreciation for the artistry...

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  • The Fall of the House of Usher Metaphor Activity

    This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Metaphors express images, emotions, actions, experiences, and nuances through direct and indirect comparisons, allowing readers to access deeper levels of meaning in the text. In this activity, students will classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order...

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  • The Cask of Amontillado eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    The first sentence of “The Cask of Amontillado” makes it clear that this is a story of revenge. What has Fortunato done that compels the narrator to punish him? According to the narrator, what two conditions must be met to exact revenge? Describe how Montresor, the narrator, lures Fortunato to his death. What details...

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  • The Raven eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    What is the setting—time and place—of the poem? How would you describe the mood or atmosphere of the setting? What do you learn about the narrator and his state of mind? What do you infer about Lenore and his relationship with her? The narrator is reading “quaint and curious volumes of forgotten...

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  • The Fall of the House of Usher Allusion Activity

    This worksheet gives students an opportunity to practice identifying and analyzing allusions. Allusions broaden the scope of a text and imbue passages with deeper meaning by subtly drawing on unexplained references to literature, history, science, geography, philosophy, mythology, or other aspects of a culture. Allusions are thus a powerful tool...

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  • The Cask of Amontillado eNotes Teaching Guide

    So you’re going to teach Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.” Whether it’s your first or hundredth time, “The Cask of Amontillado” has been a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenging spots—suspense, murder, and unsympathetic characters—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding...

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  • The Tell-Tale Heart Metaphor Activity

    This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Metaphors express images, emotions, actions, experiences, and nuances through direct and indirect comparisons, allowing readers to access deeper levels of meaning in the text. In this activity, students will classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order...

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  • The Black Cat eNotes Teaching Guide

    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...

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  • The Cask of Amontillado Literary Devices Lesson Plan

    Characters Revealed Through Irony: This lesson plan focuses on Poe’s use of irony in developing the main characters in the story, Montresor and Fortunato. Students will identify different types of irony throughout the narrative, examine how they relate to character development, and analyze what they reveal about Montresor and Fortunato....

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  • The Masque of the Red Death eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    The Red Death is a plague sweeping through a European land during medieval times. How is it spread? What makes it especially horrible and terrifying? Describe Prince Prospero’s plan to protect himself and his friends from the Red Death. How does he carry it out? What do you think Prospero’s...

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  • The Raven Allusion Activity

    This worksheet gives students an opportunity to practice identifying and analyzing allusions. Allusions broaden the scope of a text and imbue passages with deeper meaning by subtly drawing on unexplained references to literature, history, science, geography, philosophy, mythology, or other aspects of a culture. Allusions are thus a powerful tool...

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