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Edgar Allan Poe Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Edgar Allan Poe is a dark and mysterious literary figure whose works are an essential part of the high school English curriculum. Explore his life and analyze his work through engaging lesson plans, discussions, and projects.

Edgar Allan Poe

The mystery surrounding Edgar Allan Poe's life is mirrored in the shadowy story lines of his work. Unlock the mystery of Poe's life and work through a study of four of his seminal works - two poems and two short stories. The background students gain from the introductory lesson spurs their thinking and fuels their desire to know more. Enigmatic as they are, the works that students analyze in this unit may even serve to provide insight into the author's life, as well. It's important that students not only read the masterful writings of Edgar Allan Poe but that they interact with the text in novel ways. This unit plan guides them from a simple read all the way through to detailed activities and projects.

Life and Work

Kick off the unit with this Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plan for High School, which takes students on a journey through a few of Poe's poems, without revealing that he is the author. Students will explore more about his life and work by engaging with a lengthier piece and discussing their analysis with classmates.

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