Unmasking the Truth Behind the Red Death

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"The Masque of the Red Death" provides readers with an opportunity to research and plan a presentation about a topic related to Edgar Allen Poe's classic short story. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into groups and assign each a different topic or reference to research: allegory, allusion, Prospero, masques, the arrangement of the rooms in the castle, the colors and order of the colors of the rooms and Poe's "Theory of Composition"
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity asks groups to investigate connections to Poe's life and to epidemics rather than the literary merits of the tale
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  • Includes lesson plan versions designed for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades grades
  • Also included is a vocabulary list
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