Looking for a deliciously demented short story guaranteed to outrage your advanced middle school or high school students while at the same time introducing them to the universal theme of death as well as a satirical treatise on the importance of upper class society shouldering the burdens of their shared society? Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” is just the ticket! Not only can you download the short story here, but I’ve also written a student assessment practice unit that will help your students develop their critical thinking skills, even as they enjoy the story.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.