Masks for The Masque (of the Red Death)

Readers of "The Masque of the Red Death" create masks, decorate the classroom, and stage a Red Death masque to celebrate Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Arrange for a colleague to dress up as and to appear at the party as the Red Death
  • Coordinate the project with an art teacher to create the masks and study the history of masques and mask making
  • Use the project to culminate a more in-depth study of the story
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires considerable prep time to decorate and room and prepare the masks
  • Preview the Vincent Price film to determine if appropriate for your learning situation
Pros

  • Mask makers are encouraged to incorporate color symbolism and story references in their creations
Cons

  • No rubric is provided