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Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plan for High School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Are your students familiar with the work of Edgar Allan Poe? A video lesson tells his story and an activity gives students a chance to sample his work. Related lessons and optional activities provided additional resources for related instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the life of Edgar Allan Poe
  • analyze the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
  • read and report on a book by Edgar Allan Poe

Length

45 minutes to 1 hour for instruction

  • Up to two weeks for the activity

Materials

  • Photocopies of assorted poems by Edgar Allan Poe (without the author's name listed)

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4

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