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Lesson: Uncorking the Cask: Beginning Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"


Author: Model Lesson: Christina Porter
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 7 - 9

Introduction

As we prepare to read "The Cask of Amontillado," I want to make sure that you are properly introduced to the story. Today, you will become familiar with the characters, the setting and the conflicts of the story before we read in order to give you a "snapshot" of what this story is about!

Goals

By the end of this lesson you will be able to: * Visualize the setting of the story * Predict the major events of the story * Identify the conflict that the narrator has with the antagonist.

Directions

Watch "The Cask of Amontillado" video first. This video and the song are based on Poe's story. As you watch and listen, try to visualize what the story is about and where it takes place. After you finish, read the first page of the story and respond to the prompts.


Background Builder Background

Title: Background on Edgar Allen Poe URL: http://knowingpoe.thinkport.org/person/timeline.asp
Directions: As some of you may know, Poe had an interesting life! His parents died when he was very young, and he was adopted by the wealthy Allen family. Be sure to look at the following years of Poe's life: 1809, 1811, 1825, 1827, 1831, 1834, 1836, 1847, and 1849.



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message:
Vocabulary Words:
Cask a case or container
Amontillado a type of Sherry
Connoisseur an expert
Fortunato a character in the story who is a wine expert
Montresor the narrator


Activity: Cask Visual Preview


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Goals


Directions

Watch the visual and listen to the song. After you watch and listen: 1.) PREDICT what you think will happen in the story 2.) VISUALIZE where you think this story takes place



Activity: Reading Passage One


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Goals


Directions

*CLARIFY words that are difficult. * PREDICT how the narrator will get revenge against Fortunato * JOURNAL about why the narrator is so upset with Fortunato. Is he justified in his anger?




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