Tension in the Pit and the Pendulum

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Readers will get a peculiar thrilling sensation from this reading comprehension exercise that asks them to identify how Poe uses repetition and sensory language to build tension in his short story, "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the exercise by reading the entire story and having groups find additional examples of how Poe builds tension throughout the story
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed to meet Common Core standards, the exercise provides good practice for all readers
  • The exercise can be used as a practice set, or to assess if readers can identify how a writer manipulates time and the order of events to build tension
Pros

  • An answer key is provided
  • The exercise is specifically designed to address Common Core standards
Cons

  • None
Common Core