Annabel Lee Activities

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The activities offered in this asset allow students time to process Edgar Allan Poe's work 'Annabel Lee'. Students will work together as they manipulate the text in fun and engaging ways. The activities are designed for upper middle school students.

Activities Related to Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe's work can sometimes be difficult to process. It is strong and emotional. Your students may have difficulty connecting with the work at first. Participating in activities based on his works will help students process the concepts of each piece as they mull over the thoughts and feelings expressed in the poems.

The activities offered here are designed to help your upper middle school students fully process the thoughts and ideas in Poe's piece Annabel Lee. Make sure your students have read the poem before they begin the activities.

Accents of the Time

Sometimes the best way to really pay attention to something is to repeat it in different ways.

Materials

  • Slips of paper with common (relatively easy) accent types. A few examples are:
    • Western movie cowboy accent
    • Surfer dude accent
    • British accent
    • Australian accent
  • Copies of the poem

Instructions

  • Divide class into groups of 4.
  • Give each group a set of 4 different accent slips.
  • Make sure each student has a copy of the poem.
  • Now, instruct each student to select an accent slip at random.
  • Instruct your students to take a few minutes to mentally practice the poem in the accent they have chosen.
  • Within the groups, have each student read the poem to his/her group in his/her chosen accent.
  • Encourage the group to discuss how changing the accent changed the tone of the poem.
    • Did the meaning change?
    • Did the feeling change?
    • Did you have to pay more attention to the words?

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