“The Black Cat” Teacher’s Guide with Lesson Plans and More

PictureYou’re probably in the throes of Christmas cheer, but when Christmas Break is over and the new year has rolled around, you’re gonna be darn sick and tired of all those cheery, cheesy stories that abound during the holidays. In fact, you probably are already.

No need to fret. I’ve got a “Black Cat” teacher’s guide that contains an annotated copy of the story, which includes useful discussion items and incredibly witty comments from an intrusive annotator (me); ELA Common Core “Black Cat” lesson plans, plans that have been tried in the classroom by actual teachers (me); graphic organizers that make teaching and learning easier; rubrics for the unit’s writing assignments, which make your expectations clear; and a few other tidbits that will send the metaphorical black cats feasting on your brain back to the hellish pit from whence they came.

Don’t Do a Thing Until You Download this Suspense in “The Black Cat” Graphic Organizer:  Suspense in Literature

Here’s the entire “Black Cat” unit for only $5.95. For more like it, check out Teacher Guide Central.

Oh, and if a search engine sent you here during Halloween, even better.


If you’re looking to do a Poe Unit but don’t want the suspense of wondering if your lesson plans are Poe-worthy, then check out the Poe bundle, which contains complete teaching units for “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” We also threw in a non-Poe unit plan that captures the essence of Poe, “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.

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