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Poe and Gothic Imagery

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Ms. Tees

on 14 September 2013

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Transcript of Poe and Gothic Imagery

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

"The Black Cat"
"The Fall of the House of Usher"
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
"The Pit and the Pendulum"
"Annabel Lee"
"A Dream Within A Dream"
Extra Stories!
A WebQuest
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is considered to be one of the first masters of horror. His stories hold his readers in suspense and thrill them with Gothic imagery.
This Webquest will guide you through an investigation into the life and work of Edgar Allen Poe. With extra emphasis on "The Raven,” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” you will learn about Gothic imagery, the life of Poe, and Gothic elements found within Poe’s poems and short stories.
Bell Work:
Respond to quote

Here's what you'll be doing...
In groups of 2 or 3, brainstorm what it takes for a story to be scary and thrilling. What images come to mind?
Research Gothic literature and imagery, and write a definition of "Gothic" in your own words.
Research the darkness within Poe's personal life beyond his writing, as well as the mystery behind his death.
Read "The Raven" using an online interactive version of the piece, which gives word definitions and identifies poetic devices in each stanza.
Read "The Cask of Amontillado" while listening to the reading. Listen for similar Gothic imagery.
Watch The Simpsons representation of Poe's "The Raven" and compare to the written work.
Create a visual representation (Google Presentation or Prezi) to share with the class.
Gothic literature has specific elements and characteristics, which make it unique. Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems are the epitome of this genre.
Visit the Poe Museum website, and the biography found on Poe Stories

Write a short summary of the
major events of Poe’s life and death, in your
own words.

Discuss how you think Poe’s life could have affected his writing.

"The Raven"
Go to the interactive "The Raven" and read along with the poem. Use the pop-up definitions and devices to enhance your comprehension of the poem.
The Simpsons

"The Raven"
Watch The Simpsons rendition of "The Raven"

"The Cask of Amontillado"
Read Poe's short story “The Cask of Amontillado” - Following along with the text while listening to the audio.

Final Product!
Create a visual presentation for the class that includes the following about Poe and his works:

In your groups, discuss your favorite horror/suspense/thriller movies.

Talk about that images that get stuck in your mind from the film, and describe the images with your group.

Answer the following:
List some great horror/suspense/thriller movies.
What makes these scary?
What images do you remember? What makes them memorable?
How were elements of the supernatural used within the film?
Pick on of these images (a monster, a horrific scene, or a supernatural scene) and discuss it with your group in detail --- Create a Notice/Name/Effect chart
Questions and Anchor Chart must be turned in/written in your Poe Google Doc
As a group:
Use the listen links to develop your own definition of Gothic literature and imagery.
List the elements that make a story "Gothic."
Provide examples from film and text.
Webpages to visit:



Your group’s “Gothic” definition

Interesting fact about Edgar Allan Poe’s life

Gothic images found in “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado”

Your group’s favorite of the two poems and your favorite aspect.
"The Raven" vs. "The Cask of Amontillado"
Create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Poe's short story and poem.
Venn Diagram Format
Both Texts
"The Raven"
"The Cask of Amontillado"

What have we learned?
Information on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe
New vocabulary, characteristics and elements of the Gothic genre of literature
To select and summarize information on a given topic
To express your opinion on a given topic
To give reasons for your opinions by providing explanations
To prepare an oral/visual presentation
To improve your ability to work with your classmates and complete a given task
To improve your ability to speak in front of other people
Present your presentations!
Literature is not meant to just be read without any further insight. By delving deeper into the author’s history and the imagery used in a story, a reader can find greater enjoyment and understanding in the work. I hope you enjoyed reading the darkness of Poe.

Create a Google Doc to keep all of your work on this WebQuest. The title should be "Poe -" followed by your name. Each group member must create a Document for the daily work. The final Prezi/Slide presentation can be done as a group with one final product.
Remember: All work done with a sub counts as a double grade. Enjoy Poe!
* Work in Google Doc
* Work in Google Doc
* Work in Google Doc
Prezi or Google Presentation
You will be graded on how it looks, so take pride in your presentations.
If you finish ALL of your PoeQuest work, read the extra stories. For extra credit create a summary and Notice/Name/Effect chart for 3 Gothic elements found in the piece.
"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." - Edgar Allan Poe

Hope you enjoyed
working within
the world of Poe!
* Work in Google Doc
Let's get started!
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