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High schoolers evaluate several works by Edgar Allen Poe based on the criteria in his essay, "The Philosophy of Composotion" Their analysis is documented using a graphic organizer. Learners begin the pre-writing process for their own short story following the criteria outlined in Poe's essay.
Eighth graders explore storytelling by listening to a reading of a classic poem. In this language arts lesson, 8th graders listen to an audio recording of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Students examine the life of Poe by reading a biography and later completing a worksheet about his poem.
Students study the life of Edgar Allen Poe. In this American-writer lesson plan, students go online to research the life of Poe. The lesson plan also has students take notes from a video about his life and death. After reading The Masque of Red Death the class will have a follow-up discussion. Assessment includes a quiz on the story.
After analyzing the compelling first paragraph of Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Masque of the Red Death," high schoolers draft original opening paragraphs using techniques identified Poe's writing. The relationship between suspense and foreshadowing, setting, imagery, and conflict is highlighted in vocabulary study in this concise plan. On day 2, peers provide feedback on each other's work leading to revision and final polishing of the paragraph at home or in class.
Middle schoolers create a bookmark about symbolism. For this literature-based lesson plan, students study the meaning of the word symbolism. Middle schoolers read and analyze the symbolism found in "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. Then they choose a symbol to represent a piece of literature and feature this on a bookmark created electronically using Twist.
Eleventh graders analyze several works by Edgar Allen Poe. They identify literary techniques used in several of his poems and complete a graphic organizer with their observations. Students read "The Fall of the House of Usher" and other works, view video adaptations, keep a response journal, conduct Internet research and write essays.