"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe
Lesson plans and teaching resources

"The Pit and the Pendulum"
Text of the story.

"The Pit and the Pendulum"
The story in rap and video (5:38) with lyrics, follow-up questions, and fill-in-the-blank listening guide. Designed for grades 8-12.

"The Pit and the Pendulum"
Summary and analysis of the story.

"The Pit and the Pendulum"
Summary and analysis.

"The Pit and the Pendulum"
The text of the story.

"The Pit and the Pendulum" alternate ending assignment
Using parameters given in the task, students construct another ending to the story.

Poe in the Pit
Background information on the Spanish Inquisition and the story in comic book form . Adobe Reader required for the comic, which is downloadable.

Poetic Justice: A Study of Poe's Famous Works
Students work with "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Purloined Letter," "The Tell-Tale Heart," a little geometry, and a brief discussion of the Fourth Amendment. This unit plan is designed for 7th grade and requires Adobe Readers or compatible application for access.

Teacher's Guide to "The Pit and the Pendulum"
Analysis and teaching suggestions, including writing activities.

Vocabulary from "The Pit and the Pendulum"
More than 100 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on the word for other examples of use.