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Edgar Allan Poe
  • Poes Background
  • Students
  • Assignments
  • Teachers Page
  • Resources/Links

Did you know? At 27 years old, Edgar Allan Poe
married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Eliza
Clemm on May 16, 1836, in Richmond, Va.
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Poes Background
  • Edgar Allan Poe, who was born on Jan. 19, 1809,
    in Boston, Massachusetts, authored more than 100
    poems and short stories during his lifetime. Poe
    was a master of the short story, and the inventor
    of the modern detective story. However, Poe is
    most remembered for his skillful use of ghastly
    and chilling tone, pacing, and emphasis. His
    writing resembles an symbolic dance with death.

Did you know? Edgar Allan Poe died on Oct. 7,
1849, in Baltimore, MD.
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Poes Background
  • Most of Poes work shows a keen interest in the
    horro, blending the gloominess of the human heart
    with the fantastic in clear, plain writing. The
    Raven (1845), Poes masterpiece, illustrates
    this perfectly. It tells a chilling tale of a
    man haunted by deaths - past and future. Other
    poems convey the theme of loss and grief. Though
    a poet, Poe turned to the more profitable genre
    of short stories, where he was similarly creative.

Did you know? Written in 1845, The Raven is
certainly Edgar Allan Poes best known work.
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Poes Background
  • Poes short stories examine horror and evil, both
    as a obvious external force, and a malevolent
    (nasty) cancer in the human heart. His recurring
    master detective, Auguste Dupin is seen as the
    direct ancestor to Conan Doyles more famous
    creation, Sherlock Holmes. Although he lived a
    short and tragic life, Edgar Allan Poe remains
    today one of the most-beloved mystery writers in
    history. His contributions to literature and the
    mystery genre cannot be underestimated.

Did you know? Both of Edgar Allan Poes birth
parents died before his fourth birthday.
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Students
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Project for this our
    classroom provides you the opportunity to relish
    and marvel at the writings of one of the greatest
    minds of 19th century America. Although Poe died
    before his time, his imprint on America is linked
    with the hundreds and hundreds of poets and
    mystery writers throughout our country.
  • Go to Introduction and begin your work.

Did you know? Edgar Allan Poe had a brother
(William Henry Poe) and a sister (Rosalie
Mckenzie Poe).
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Assignments
  • Introduction
  • Task
  • Process
  • Evaluation
  • Conclusion
  • Teachers Page

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Introduction
  • William Peter Blatty, Ray Bradbury , and Stephen
    King wrote many thrilling and frightful horror
    stories in the last half of the 20th century, and
    they continue to do so into the 21st century.
    But if it had not been for Edgar Allan Poe, these
    men might not have achieved the level of success
    they have reached today. Poe provided future
    authors a glimpse of what lurked in the chilling
    world of his mind from his writings.

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Task
  • The Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Mich., will
    host an Edgar Allan Poe Gala in January 2009,
    celebrating the 200th birthday of Poe. The
    Croswell Opera House Poe Committee has scheduled
    a meeting for next month, and they would like
    your group of four members to present your ideas
    to the committee. Yes, the gala event is not
    scheduled until January 2009, but as they say,
    the early bird catches the worm.

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Task
  • The Croswell Opera House Poe Committee has
    recommended each person to present the following
  • A historic timeline of Edgar Allan Poes life,
    highlighting important dates in Americas history
    during the authors life.
  • An artists rendition of what Poe looked like in
    his latter years, using paint, charcoal, or any
    other means possible.
  • A question analysis guide
  • How did Poes personal demons, the tragic events
    in his life, influence his many writings? A
    250-word essay to be read to the Poe Committee.

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Task
  • Then, you will present the timeline, the artwork,
    the analysis questions, and the essay paper to
    the Poe Committee (your classmates).
  • Once you have submitted your work to the Poe
    Committee, your teacher will provide your grade
    within a weeks time.
  • Enjoy the challenge. The Croswell Opera House
    Poe Committee wishes your group the best of luck,
    and let the fun begin!

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Process
  • Okay, now the real fun begins. First, you must
    research and know as much as possible about Edgar
    Allan Poe, which means you must get down and
    dirty and do some research.
  • Read a sampling of Poes works, either short
    stories or poems.
  • http//www.eapoe.org/works/index.htm
  • http//www.pambytes.com/poe/poe.html
  • Someone from your group must also gather research
    on America during Poes lifetime.
  • http//usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/history/
    toc.htm
  • http//www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi

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Process
  • Visit http//www.youtube.com/watch?vl8zyQkjaljk
    and use the video to complete your discussion
    guide.
  • Once you have finished reading a sampling of
    Poes writings and researching America for the
    timeline, you must prepare for the artists
    rendition of Poe to present to the Poe Committee.
  • Visit the following Web sites to view different
    illustrations, paintings, busts, etc., of Poe
  • www.yahoo.com
  • www.google.com

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Evaluation
  • If you would like to see how your group is
    progressing, click on Rubric and go to the
    appropriate link. If you feel you are reaching
    the goals in the Rubric, continue with your
    project. If you feel you are not reaching your
    potential based on the Rubric, please see your
    teacher for further instruction or help. You
    will be evaluated accordingly.

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Student Rubric
Edgar Allan Poe Project for American Literature Excellent Fair Good Poor
A historic timeline of Edgar Allan Poes life, highlighting important dates in Americas history during the authors life. Collected all information needed to apply biographical data to the reading selection plus accurately and clearly to the timeline. Collected most of information needed and information meets most but not all needs in application to the reading selection or for creation of timeline. Collected some information but information is unclear in application to the reading selection or for creation of timeline. Did not collect information needed for apply biography to reading selection or for creation of timeline.
An artists rendition of what Poe looked like in his latter years, using paint, charcoal, or any other means possible. Product reflects collection of all data needed and is well organized both in information and graphic appeal. Product reflects collection of most data needed and is organized but lacks either clarity or graphic appeal. Product reflects collection of most data needed and is organized but lacks clarity and graphic appeal. Product does not reflect collection of data needed and is not organized, lacks clarity and graphic appeal.
A question-based analysis on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Answers all questions thoroughly and effectively using complete sentences. Answers all but one question thoroughly and effectively using complete sentences. Does not answer most questions effectively AND/ OR Does not write using complete sentences. Questions show little to no effort. AND/ OR Does not write using complete sentences.
How did Edgar Allan Poes personal demons, tragic events in his life, influence his many writings? A 250-word essay to be read to the Poe Committee. Well-written piece. Presentation was effective and student use showed expertise. Well-written piece. Presentation was effective and student use showed lack of expertise. Average written piece. Presentation was not best choice for selection and was not as effective as other mediums. Student use showed lack of expertise. Poorly written piece. Presentation was not effective. Student use showed lack of expertise
Individual student worked cooperatively with team members and participated in elements of the project. Student worked well with group. Student input was accurate and timely. Student participated in all aspects of the project. Student worked well with group. Student input was accurate and timely. Student did not participate in all aspects of the project. Student did not work well with group. Student input was accurate and timely. Student did not participate in all aspects of the project. Student did not work well with group. Student input was not always accurate and/or timely. Student did not participate in all aspects of the project.
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Conclusion
  • Congratulations! Your group will prepare for the
    Poe Gala Celebration in January 2009! Your group
    can also say you are an expert on Edgar Allan
    Poe. Here are a few Web sites you can visit to
    learn more about Poe, his work, and his
    lifestyle.
  • E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore
  • Poes Virtual Library
  • Edgar Allan Poes House of Usher
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond, Virginia
  • Edgar Allan Poe Collected Works of the Master
    of the Macabre
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Poe Studies Association
  • American Masters Edgar Allan Poe/PBS
  • Edgar Allan Poe Once Upon a Midnight, starring
    John Astin

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Resources/Links
  • E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore
  • Poes Virtual Library
  • Edgar Allan Poes House of Usher
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond, Virginia
  • Edgar Allan Poe Collected Works of the Master
    of the Macabre
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Poe Studies Association
  • American Masters Edgar Allan Poe/PBS
  • Edgar Allan Poe Once Upon a Midnight, starring
    John Astin

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