The Amazing Race to Answer Text-Dependent Questions on"The Cask of Amontillado" (Day 2 of 2)

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Students will cite evidence from "The Cask of Amontillado" in order to answer text-dependent questions about character, theme, and mood.

Big Idea

Students compete in "The Amazing Race" to answer text-dependent questions, but everyone can win!

Do Now

15 minutes

Today my students will complete "The Amazing Race" activity that they began in the previous lesson (Cask of Amontillado Day 1).  For the "Do Now" I am asking them to go back and re-read sections of the text that may have been challenging or unclear.  I am doing this because last class, I noticed that they were struggling a bit with answering the questions completely. (Even though I asked them to re-read for homework, the way I see it, there is nothing wrong with re-reading...even for the third time). Today they will have to finish the text dependent questions by citing evidence from the story (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 ) AND take the assessment, so this re-reading will be good for them. I will set the timer and remind them to read silently and take notes if they need to do so.

Application: Amazing Race

45 minutes

During this part of the lesson, I will ask my students to continue working with the same partner from last class to complete the text dependent questions that we started from the previous day from Partnering to answer questions about this story is a great idea because of the challenging words and structure of the text. I think they will do a much better job of figuring out how Poe creates mystery, tension, and surprise by the events in the story (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5). Talking it out will give them an opportunity to come prepared with their understanding of the story and discuss it with a peer (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1a).

Video 1 and Video 2 show samples of student work on the text-dependent questions.

Closure: Assessment

20 minutes

For the closure portion of the lesson, my students will take an assessment. I found the assessment at . I am choosing to use this assessment because it assesses many of the skills that we have been practicing with the text-dependent questions. It assesses their understanding of Montressor's and Fortunato's actions (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3), vocabulary context clues (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.4a), and details that create mystery, tension, and surprise (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5).

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