Movie Poster of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat

Movie Poster of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat
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The Cask of Amontillado Lesson Plans

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, is a short story inspired by true events that took place on Castle Island, a former military fort off of Boston Harbor, in Massachusetts. When Poe was stationed there as young cadet in the Army, he found a peculiar gravestone. After some inquiry, he learned a story of a man who had been walled up alive. Forbidden by his commander to ever repeat the particulars, Poe took the plot line and changed the setting and characters.


The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a dark and eerie tale of a man’s unhealthy obsession that leads him to commit murder. However, it is his paranoia that gets him caught. It's a suspenseful story and one of Poe's well known pieces, perfect for chilly days in the Fall.


The Purloined Letter Lesson Plans

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

The short story “The Purloined Letter” is one of the first modern detective stories. It pits the cunning detective, Dupin, against a bafflingly elegant puzzle. Poe’s early “tales of ratiocination” laid the groundwork for later fictional detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Nancy Drew.


The House of Usher Lesson Plans

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Continuing his tradition of the creepy, weird, and Gothic style, Edgar Allan Poe does not disappoint in this short story about a strange family who finds its end in the most macabre of ways. Use storyboards and premade activities with your students today!


The Pit and the Pendulum Lesson Plans

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

“The Pit and the Pendulum” is a short story of horror that uses detailed sensory imagery in order to instill fear and horror in the reader. These elements combined with the characters’ realization of his impending doom by either a razor-sharp pendulum or a cavernous abyss create yet another Poe-ian world of despair, fear, and a yearn for redemption.


Masque of the Red Death Lesson Plans

"The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

In the kingdom of Prince Prospero, a disease, the Red Death, viciously and gruesomely kills all who contract it. As it runs its course throughout his kingdom, Prospero decides to escape its grasp by inviting all the nobles to his castle and welding the doors shut, so they can wait out the plague in his lavishly decorated castle. Learn more with our premade lesson plans and activities!


The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

"The Raven" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works. The poem takes place just after midnight on a December evening. A depressed man is sitting in his library, drifting in and out of sleep as he reminisces about Lenore, his dead lover. He goes to the window to let in fresh air, and a raven swoops in, perching itself above the door.


Black Cat Lesson Plans

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” delivers all of the spooky elements that make a terrifying and haunting tale. This particular dark short story combines fear and guilt with brutality and violence, ultimately leading to the murder of the narrator’s wife.


The Bells Poem by Edgar Allen Poe

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

“The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe is one of his more well-known poems. It is most often interpreted as an allegory for the seasons of life, from the beautiful silver bells of youth to the frightening iron church bells that toll old age and death.


Introduction to Social Stories

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Lesson Plans by Anna Warfield

Good grief! Can you believe it is BTS time already? The summer always flies by, but don't worry: the team of teachers at Storyboard That has come up with some great ideas to get storyboarding with your students right away.




Cask of Amontillado, The

Storyboard Description

Students will enjoy creating movie posters for adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works, like "The Black Cat", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Raven", and more!

Storyboard Text

  • The Black Cat
  • Screenplay by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Based on the worldwide bestseller...
  • Directed by Madeline Usher
  • Produced by William Wilson
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