"Masque of the Red Death" - Symbolism and the Development of an Allegory

Analyze chunks of Masque of the Red Death to determine Edgar Allan Poe's use of symbolism and development of allegory. Readers learn new vocabulary words, answer comprehension questions, and identify symbols throughout the story. They finish by having a group discussion about Poe's hidden message and using their notes in a final writing assignment.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Begin the lesson by discussing the use of symbols in life (signs, etc.)
Classroom Considerations

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