Creating Suspense Lesson 2: Analyzing Literary Devices in "The Lottery"

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Resource ID#: 37267 Primary Type: Lesson Plan

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Subject(s): English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, LCD Projector, Overhead Projector
Instructional Time: 4 Hour(s)
Keywords: Edgar Allan Poe, Poe, The Masque of the Red Death, Shirley Jackson, The Lottery, compare, contrast, irony, symbolism, foreshadowing, imagery, characterization, suspense, mood, tone, theme
Instructional Design Framework(s): Direct Instruction

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Creating Suspense Lesson 1: Analyzing Literary Devices in Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"

In this lesson, students will read and analyze literary devices used in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death." They will read the first part of the story with support and modeling from the teacher, the next part in small groups, and the final section on their own. Students will examine Poe's use of imagery, foreshadowing, simile, personification, symbolism, and characterization. Students will also use various strategies to determine the meaning of selected vocabulary within the context of the story, as well as work to identify word choices that evoke a sense of time and place for the setting of the story. In the summative assessment, students will be able to explain how Poe creates suspense in his story, and they will be able to determine a theme from the story with support from the text. 

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Lesson Plan

Creating Suspense Lesson 1: Analyzing Literary Devices in Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death":

In this lesson, students will read and analyze literary devices used in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death." They will read the first part of the story with support and modeling from the teacher, the next part in small groups, and the final section on their own. Students will examine Poe's use of imagery, foreshadowing, simile, personification, symbolism, and characterization. Students will also use various strategies to determine the meaning of selected vocabulary within the context of the story, as well as work to identify word choices that evoke a sense of time and place for the setting of the story. In the summative assessment, students will be able to explain how Poe creates suspense in his story, and they will be able to determine a theme from the story with support from the text. 

Type: Lesson Plan