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Edgar Allen Poe, one of the great American poets, is responsible for rhythmic and moody verses. Study "To Helen" with your high schoolers, discuss the themes of love and beauty, and analyze the poem and its use of allusions. 
Learners examine the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe. They are to analyze how his life influenced his writing. They create a website of the information they have found. They share their information with the class.
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.
Celebrate Poe's birthday with works that don't feature incorporeal hearts or evil houses.
Students read the story The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe and identify plot, characters, setting, and perspective. In this comprehension lesson plan, students also identify the mood and emotions in the story.
Students draw based on images they see in their mind's eye. They read and listen to a poem by Edgar Allen Poe and create the images they see when listening to the poem. They display and discuss the artwork created, mainly the unique imagery.
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 create and perform excerpts from their specific "productions" of Poe's classic Tell Tale Heart.
Tenth graders recognize the allegorical meaning in The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. For this poetry lesson, 10th graders analyze a poem for allegorical meaning.
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.
Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking lesson focused on word relationships in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They investigate  the relationship between word choice, mood, and interpretation of a piece of writing. They analyze the story, and then create a visual display of a favorite writer.
Students participate in an engaging, alternative assessment activity: making a silent film of an Edgar Allen Poe story. This project offers them an additional way to demonstrate their mastery of the topic. 
Create interdisciplinary connections and promote high-level inferences by studying unreliable narrators.
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.
Polish reading fluency by using excerpts of Poe's "The Raven." The teacher will guide the class in oral practice and give opportunities for individual practice. Great for Halloween or any time of the year!
In this worksheet based on The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, students read the story then complete several activities.  Students examine foreshadowing and flashbacks and construct their own stories using the two techniques.
Eighth graders use Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart to explore the genre of horror writing. They analyze the story for descriptive and figurative language.
Students watch Charlie Chaplin films and discuss film elements. They select a story written by Edgar Allen Poe to write and produce a movie of. They film scenes, edit, and create a final iMovie project.
Students create a bookmark about symbolism. In this literature-based lesson plan, students study the meaning of the word symbolism. Students 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.
Before reading Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" in your class, walk learners through this scavenger hunt that teaches them about Poe's life and works. Though the lesson is designed for 15:1 special education class, it could work in any language arts class that is beginning a unit on Poe or "The Raven." The lesson requires use of a SMART board, but if one is not available, teachers could modify the lesson to fit their needs.

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