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Edgar Allan Poe Project Ideas

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The projects in this asset allow high school students the opportunity to delve deeply into the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Students will gain a strong understanding of his work through these engaging and creative projects.

Edgar Allan Poe Projects

Why do some students struggle with Edgar Allan Poe's work? It is often quite dark with strong emotional themes. There is death and loss in quite a lot of his work and that can be uncomfortable for students.

Looking past the themes of his work, Poe wrote in a style that is unfamiliar to students of today. This makes understanding his work even more difficult than if the same themes were given in a relatable language.

Projects based on Poe's work give students time to really focus on his work and come to a deep understanding of the message he was giving. These project ideas will engage your high school students as they study Edgar Allan Poe's work.

Translation

We've all heard the phrase It isn't what you say, but how you say it that gets your message across. This project is designed to help students who struggle with the language style of Poe's work.

To Do

  • Instruct your students to choose one of Poe's poems.
  • Encourage your students to read/study the poem enough to fully and completely understand it.
  • Now, the students will need to re-write the poem in modern day language in story form.

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