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Young scholars 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Tenth graders recognize the allegorical meaning in The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. In this poetry lesson, 10th graders analyze a poem for allegorical meaning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Students read a short story and then map out the elements of a short story using "Inspiration" software. They read 'Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe.
Students explore word choice and its effects on symbolism and atmosphere in the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe.
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.
Young scholars develop literary interpretive skills by reading works by Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley. Students become familiar with characteristics of horror or mystery literary work, and write essays explaining their understanding and/or interpretations of stories or poems.
Analyze the writing of Edgar Allen Poe by reading and then writing in a similar style. Budding authors learn about the life of Poe and read one or more of his famous works online. Partner groups create an original piece of writing using some of the same emotions and images used by Poe. Although this is listed as a instructional activity for high schoolers, it could easily be used in a junior high school setting as well.