Ch 4: Dark Romantics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Dark Romantics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville and other notable authors. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Dark Romantics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The Dark Romantics in American Literature;
Edgar Allen Poe: Biography, Works and Style;
Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado': Summary and Analysis
The themes and symbols of Dark Romanticism;
The biography and writings of Edgar Allen Poe;
The plotline and characters of the short story
Tuesday Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher': Summary and Analysis;
Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Raven': Summary and Analysis;
Herman Melville: Biography, Works and Style
The various characters and elements of Poe's famed short story;
The elements, symbolism and style of Poe's poem;
A look at the author's stories and life experiences
Wednesday Herman Melville: Moby Dick Summary and Analysis A synopsis of the famous tale
Thursday Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works and Style The life and works of the early American writer
Friday The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory The book's characters and storyline

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The Dark Romantics in American Literature

1. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

2. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

3. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

4. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

5. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

6. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

7. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.

The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

8. The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

See how Nathaniel Hawthorne uses allegory and symbolism to illustrate the affair and resulting guilt between a minister and a Puritan woman in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter.'

Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis

9. Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis

Learn how Poe uses diction, point of view, symbols, and personification to create his most celebrated short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' a story about premature burial, death, and sorrow.

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