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Ch 4: Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plans

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Use this chapter to learn how to create engaging lesson plans covering Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works. In addition to lesson plans, the chapter contains lessons you can use as in-class teaching tools.

Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

If you need to teach your English classes about Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works, these lesson plan outlines will help you engage your students and effectively teach the material. Stories and poems covered in this chapter include:

  • The Raven
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Annabel Lee
  • The Masque of the Red Death

You can check your understanding of these stories with lesson quizzes and a comprehensive chapter exam. The chapter also comes with lessons you can show your students during class and several comprehension questions you can ask them to prompt class discussion.

How It Helps

  • Student comprehension: Challenges students with discussion, comprehension and essay questions about Edgar Allan Poe's work
  • Curriculum standards: Makes sure your Edgar Allan Poe lessons meet education standards
  • Additional resources: Includes video lessons you can screen during class time to teach or reinforce your students' understanding of these stories
  • Learning objectives: Covers important components of Edgar Allan Poe's books, such as plot, themes, symbolism and analysis

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Edgar Allan Poe lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Edgar Allan Poe books you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your English class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Edgar Allan Poe book lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important literary concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Edgar Allan Poe-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

31 Lessons in Chapter 4: Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plans
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The Raven Comprehension Questions

1. The Raven Comprehension Questions

Poetry is not the easiest form of literature to teach to your students, which is why it is important to test their comprehension. This lesson offers comprehension questions to help you assess student understanding of Poe's The Raven.

The Raven Discussion Questions

2. The Raven Discussion Questions

Poe's ''The Raven'' has spoken to people of all walks of life since its publishing. This lesson outlines reflective discussion questions to use in a classroom to assess student comprehension.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

3. 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.

The Tell-Tale Heart Discussion Questions

4. The Tell-Tale Heart Discussion Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to confirm students read the short story. Challenge their critical thinking skills by assigning It's All About What You Think questions. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or online environment.

The Tell-Tale Heart Essay Questions

5. The Tell-Tale Heart Essay Questions

Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is rich with possibilities for the classroom. This lesson provides you with essay questions to use for papers or summative assessments.

Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart: Summary, Themes & Analysis

6. Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart: Summary, Themes & Analysis

One of Poe's most famous and shortest stories, 'The Tell-Tale Heart' has become a macabre classic, but you might still be unacquainted with its craziness. Check out this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of the story to see just how crazy things get!

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

7. 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.

Annabel Lee Lesson Plan

8. Annabel Lee Lesson Plan

Hopefully your students won't be able to relate too strongly to Annabel Lee, but nonetheless it is a strong example of how Poe works the supernatural into the tragic.

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Analysis & Theme

9. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Analysis & Theme

In this lesson, we will study 'Annabel Lee,' a poem written by the Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. After a summary of the poem, we will analyze its structure, themes and motifs, before finishing with a short quiz.

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Symbolism & Analysis

10. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Symbolism & Analysis

In this lesson, we will study Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Masque of the Red Death.' After a brief summary of the plot, we will analyze the story's symbols and motifs and discuss its theme. We will conclude the lesson with a short quiz.

The Cask of Amontillado Lesson Plan

11. The Cask of Amontillado Lesson Plan

Edgar Allan Poe and his works are some of the most famous and influential in literature, with his short story 'The Cask of Amontillado' often credited as being the perfect short story. Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on the Dark Romantic story, highlighting Poe's use of irony and the plot diagram through a video and an engaging activity.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

12. 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 Lesson Plan for High School

13. Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plan for High School

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.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

14. 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 Raven Activities

15. Poe's The Raven Activities

Looking for creative activities to engage and motivate your students while reading ~'The Raven~'? This lesson does just that by providing interesting opportunities for deeper analysis of the poem.

Edgar Allan Poe Projects for Students

16. Edgar Allan Poe Projects for Students

Looking for ways to bring Edgar Allan Poe's works to life for your students? Then read this lesson to discover engaging and creative projects to use in your classroom.

The Raven Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. The Raven Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe. Students will be able to answer questions using textual evidence to support their answers and summarize the poem.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Lesson for Kids

18. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Lesson for Kids

What would you do if a huge black bird visited you late one night? That's what happens in the poem, ''The Raven,'' by Edgar Allan Poe. Read on to find out why the Raven is there and what happens to the man.

Poe's Unity of Effect Lesson Plan

19. Poe's Unity of Effect Lesson Plan

Edgar Allan Poe was a popular poet and writer. Unity of effect was the method he used to evoke clear and powerful emotions in his readers. In this lesson, we will explore the use of unity of effect and practice identifying its use in Poe's work.

The Fall of the House of Usher Lesson Plan

20. The Fall of the House of Usher Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will lead students to understand how setting, point of view, and diction work together in Edgar Allan Poe's ~'The Fall of the House of Usher~' to achieve a desired effect. An included creative writing activity provides a chance to assess mastery while also teaching a related writing standard.

The Masque of the Red Death Lesson Plan

21. The Masque of the Red Death Lesson Plan

Want to make sure that your students hit all the marks in their analysis of Poe's ''The Masque of the Red Death''? This lesson plan includes guided analysis and opportunities for peer review to ensure that students correctly analyze the essential elements of this classic.

The Raven Lesson Plan

22. The Raven Lesson Plan

This lesson plan and accompanying activity will help your students understand the role of The Raven in American Literature and also as Dark Romantic poetry.

The Tell-Tale Heart Lesson Plan

23. The Tell-Tale Heart Lesson Plan

Students often find Edgar Allan Poe's stories engaging but difficult to read. This lesson plan will support your instruction of Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by supporting the use of context clues for understanding, identifying theme in prose, and encouraging students to write creatively in Poe's style to create their own theme-related work.

The Pit and the Pendulum Lesson Plan

24. The Pit and the Pendulum Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students cite text evidence when drawing inferences and analyze techniques for building suspense as they read 'The Pit and the Pendulum' by Edgar Allan Poe.

Cask of Amontillado Project Ideas

25. Cask of Amontillado Project Ideas

''The Cask of Amontillado'' is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, and it's as dark and macabre as you'd expect from the author. This story can help your students learn about Poe and also about the use of perspective to maintain suspense.

The Black Cat Discussion Questions

26. The Black Cat Discussion Questions

Are your students ready to be frightened by a tale of the macabre? 'The Black Cat' is a dark thriller by master short story teller Edgar Allan Poe, and these discussion questions will assist you in teaching the subject.

The Cask of Amontillado Discussion Questions

27. The Cask of Amontillado Discussion Questions

'The Cask of Amontillado' is a particularly disturbing Poe tale, and these discussion questions will assist your students in better understanding the motives of Montresor as he unleashes his bizarre plan.

The Raven Project Ideas

28. The Raven Project Ideas

Are you looking for a new take on studying Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'The Raven'? These projects include visual representation, modernization, continuation, and imitation of the classic poem.

The Tell-Tale Heart Project Ideas

29. The Tell-Tale Heart Project Ideas

''The Tell-Tale Heart'' is an intense short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. This asset offers multiple group and individual projects to allow your students the opportunity to showcase their understanding of this complex piece of literature.

Edgar Allan Poe Unit Plan

30. Edgar Allan Poe Unit Plan

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.

Annabel Lee Discussion Questions

31. Annabel Lee Discussion Questions

'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe is a beautiful story of love and loss. The discussion questions offered in this asset will help your students delve deeply into many aspects of this classic work.

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