Where Once Poe Walked

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Nevermore worry about engaging readers in the works of one of the most famous writers in American literature. An interactive resource will beguile learners fancy into smiling.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Label each script copy with a character's name, highlight the character's lines, and then laminate the scripts to permit reuse
  • Read the last paragraph of "The Masque of the Red Death" story aloud, asking class members to slap their desk each time the word And is used; ask class members to develop a theory for why Poe might have chosen this repetition and the alliteration to end his story
  • Have groups create their own rap of one of Poe's stories or poems
Classroom Considerations

  • The reader's theater script has roles for 20 characters
  • The attached Teacher's Guide provides links to additional resources and suggestions for other activities
Pros

  • The resource includes a reader's theater play (available in electronic or PDF version) that details Poe's troubled life 
  • The rap video of the "Pit and the Pendulum" may be paused, rewound, and replayed
  • Includes student prize winning tributes to Poe on his 200th birthday
  • Theories about the Poe Toaster are also included
Cons

  • None