"Cask of Amontillado" lesson plan
10 min Introduce story and define vocabulary on board
Impunity- freedom from punishment
Unredress- not corrected, not set right
Virtuoso- one who is skilled in one of the fine arts
Imposture- fake, fraud, counterfeit
Gemmary- craftsmanship using gems
Surmount- overcome, rise above
Abscond- hide away, run away with
Gesticulation- expressive gesture showing emotion
Promiscuous- casual, without order, irregular
Circumscribe- go around, encircle
Carnival- Mardi Gras
25 min Read "The Cask of Amontillado"
10 min Follow-up questions
1.) Do you think Montresor liked Fortunado?
2.) Why did Fortunado and Montresor go into the catacombs?
3.) What were the catacombs used for, besides storing wine?
4.) Montresor told Fortunado he shouldn’t go into the catacombs be he was ____?
5.) Did Fortunado have a high opinion of Luchesi’s wine-tasting abilities.
6.) Were the catacombs comfortable places to hang out?
7.) What did Montresor do to Fortunado?
8.) Did Montresor bring a servant into the catacombs to help with some brick work?
9.) Did people find what Montresor had done, and send him to jail?
5 min Exploring the horror genre.
Group activity: brainstorm on board, or on paper in smaller groups if class is larger.
Why do you think people enjoy getting scared? Do you? What scares you?
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