This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.
The CD Audio Guides are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.
FOCUS: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Sound, Tone, and Rhythm
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Biographical Criticism and the Speaker of a Poem
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Evaluating a Poem
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Narrative and Point of View
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Genre and Tradition
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Genre and Originality
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Content and Context
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: What Makes a Writer Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]
Handout 1: Poe’s Theory of Poetry [PDF]
Handout 2: Poe and Detective Fiction [PDF]
Handout 3: Poe’s Literary Influence [PDF]
Page numbers refer to the 2007 Pocket Books paperback edition of Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.