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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe
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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

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    Prince Prospero

    Main character and selfish, wealthy ruler

  • The Masque from The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe
    The Masque

    The Red Death who appears to be a masked man

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The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

As a class, read "The Masque of the Red Death" written by Edgar Allen Poe in 1842 (available online). Consider discussing student thoughts and prior knowledge concerning the following themes and symbols, or have students identify themes and symbols on their own after reading:

  • No one can escape death
  • The powerful and prosperous cannot ignore the powerless and poor
  • The clock
  • Darkness
  • The Masque

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you know about the Black Death (Plague)?
  • What do you know about Edgar Allen Poe as an author and the types of stories he writes?
  • Based on the title, make a prediction about what the story will be about.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete during and after reading.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at start of text and complete after reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Themes & Symbolism

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to track major conflicts and events in the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a five panel Storyboard to illustrate TWIST analysis of the story.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What are the major themes and motifs in the story? Cite specific examples to support your claim.
  • What are the symbols?
  • What is the meaning of the masque?
  • What is the author's purpose in writing the story?
  • How would you characterize the Prince Prospero? Cite evidence.
  • How does Poe use word choice to enhance tone? Cite specific examples.
  • What are some examples of imagery?
  • What is the setting?
  • How is word choice, tone and imagery important to enhancing the author's purpose and theme? Be specific in your reasoning.
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Pixton Activity: The Masque of the Red Death 1 Vocabulary

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Since Edgar Allen Poe wrote this in 1842, he uses archaic and outdated language. Review examples of vocabulary words from the text or have students identify their own:

  • pestilence
  • profuse
  • dissolution
  • scarlet
  • dauntless
  • sagacious
  • dominions
  • hale
  • dames
  • castellated
  • abbeys
  • august (adj)
  • girdled
  • courtiers
  • ingress
  • egress
  • buffoons
  • improvisatori
  • voluptuous
  • imperial
  • vista
  • shrouded
  • candelabrum
  • profusion
  • emanating
  • tripod
  • brazier
  • illumined
  • gaudy
  • ghastly
  • countenances
  • precincts
  • ebony
  • pendulum
  • brazen
  • hearken
  • disconcert
  • reverie
  • tremulousness
  • revel
  • fete
  • piquancy
  • phantasm
  • wanton
  • ruddier
  • sable
  • gaieties
  • evolutions
  • disapprobation
  • Herod
  • propriety
  • habiliments
  • visage
  • spectral
  • impetuosity
  • prostrate
  • revellers
  • grave-cerements
  • untenanted
  • bedewed
  • illimitable
  • dominion

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate the literal and connotative meaning of at least four words from the text:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the story.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Masque of the Red Death 2 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create a Character Map for two characters in the story:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Masque of the Red Death 3 Themes & Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Discuss student thoughts and prior knowledge concerning the following themes, motifs and symbols:

  • No one can escape death
  • The powerful and prosperous cannot ignore the powerless and poor
  • The Clock
  • Darkness
  • The Masque

Instructions

For at least two themes, motifs or symbols, identify at least two examples from the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme or symbol in the title
  • Briefly describe the evidence in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the evidence
  • Include a quote or specific example that fits the theme or symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Themes & Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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