The Works of Poe

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—”  (from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe)
It’s that time of year… black cats, vulture eyes, and ominous birds of yore; it’s time to read the works of Edgar Allan Poe!  For the past couple of weeks, 7th graders have been learning about this great American author/poet, and they have been reading many of his short stories and poems, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Black Cat, Annabel Lee, and Eldorado.  This “Poe Unit” focuses on mood, tone, written analysis, and annotation.  With the help of Vincent Price, James Earl Jones, Homer Simpson, and an animated short film by Anette Jung, some of Poe’s greatest tales come to life before our eyes. Perhaps his writing will inspire students to write their own tales of mystery and macabre!