Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


Edgar Allan Poe Introduction For Sixth Grade

6th Grade Introduction To Poe. Do this after Tone and Mood Prezi. Fall of The House of Usher is the literature connection.

Dana Hoover

on 20 June 2014

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe Introduction For Sixth Grade

Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House...

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar and John
* John Allan was a successful merchant, so Edgar grew up in good surroundings and went to the best schools.

*In 1826, he attended the University of Virginia. But even though John had lots of money, he gave Edgar only 1/3 of what he needed. (This made life hard
for Edgar!) School was expensive! He had tuition to pay...books to purchase etc.
Edgar needed more money and begged John to help him. John refused. Edgar became very depressed and soon owed more money than he could pay. He began to drink heavily and was far in debt. He had to quit school less than one year later, because he didn't have the funds to continue. He was devastated. He had always been a great student and loved learning.
Enter The World Of Poe...if you DARE!
* most famous 19th century author
* famous for writing horror stories
* was also the "father" of the
modern detective
* a word to describe his
* he had a very difficult life and most of his stories reflect this
* the TONE of his stories are almost always pessimistic and dreary.
*the MOOD of his stories are almost always very creepy...disconcerting

PHYISCAL Characteristics:
pale (very pale)
hazel-gray eyes
full red lips
black hair
**Some say that he looked like a vampire
Physical Poe
* Born on January 19, 1809 in Boston
* His mother (Elizabeth) passed away when
he was 2. His father (David) left them. He
was then split up from his
brother and sister. (Henry, Rosalie)
* Henry went to live with their grandparents;
Rosalie was taken in by another family
* Edgar was taken in by the Allans; Mrs. Allan
was very kind to him; he butted heads
with John Allan (who was very strict)
A Rough Beginning
Back in America
Poe was now back in America and had no money or job skills. He was shunned by John Allan, and he wasn't really sure what to do with his life. He had no money, no true family, and no direction. Two years later, Mrs. Allan died. Edgar was heartbroken. John Allan seemed to have a change of heart and offered to sign Edgar's application to attend West Point.
While waiting to enter West Point, Edgar went to live with his grandmother. His aunt, Mrs. Clemm, was also living there with her daughter, Virginia. (Edgar's cousin) Edgar's brother Henry was living there as well. It was nice for Edgar to be surrounded by his family.
West Point!
Edgar finally enters West Point, which is an elite military school. BUT...he couldn't stay very long because John Allan refused to send Edgar any money. Broke again, Edgar couldn't afford it. It is thought that Edgar purposefully broke the rules and ignored his duties so he would be dismissed. (naked legend...)
The year is 1831, and Edgar decides to go to NYC to pursue writing...which he loved. But it was not easy He had no job, no money, and not many friends. He had lots of stories and poetry that he had been writing, but he needed help to get them published. Edgar sent a letter to John Allan begging him for help. But no help from John came. When John fell ill, Edgar rushed to his bedside...hoping to make peace with him. But John Allan threatened to KILL Edgar and forced him to leave. In 1834, John Allan died. In his will, he left nothing to Edgar.
Edgar takes a job working for a newspaper, but he ultimately quits the job and tries to start writing his own magazine. That doesn't do well, and it's a big failure.
Edgar has a bit of success and wins a short story writing contest. He gets one of his stories published. Hooray!

1836- Edgar marries his cousin, Virginia. She was 13. He was 27. (Yikes!)

He tries publishing some more of his stories, but they don't sell well.
He barely has enough money to support his family.
1844- Poe and his family move back to NY.

1845- Becomes an editor of a magazine in
New York, but the magazine runs out of money. Poe loses his job.
Edgar is incredibly stressed because he has no money and no job. Virginia, his wife, becomes very sick. She dies ten days after Edgar celebrates his birthday. Poe collapses from heartbreak and stress. His health begins to suffer. It takes him one year to get back on his feet...emotionally and physically.
Edgar's Final Days
1849- (9/27) Poe leaves NY and goes to Philadelphia to stay with a friend.
(9/30) He takes the wrong train home and winds up in Baltimore, Maryland rather than NY.
(10/3) He is found outside on the street, delirious and ill. He is taken to the hospital. He lapses in and out of consciousness and has no idea what happened to him.
(10/7) Edgar dies
Mysterious Death
No one knows what happened to Poe. There are lots of theories.
Here are some:
-Alcoholism -Poisoning
-Brain Lesions -Heart Problems
-Cats -Tuberculosis
-Mugged -Gas lighting
-Voting Scandal (Crooked Elections)

Very curious indeed!
Have you ever suffered from anxiety? (You've been so nervous/anxious about something that you had a panic attack?)

In the Poe story we are about the read, a character has overly-acute senses. What does this mean? How would this be a blessing? A curse?
Have you ever fainted / passed out? What did it feel like? In the story, a character deals with this to an extreme measure. What complications might arise from this?
Read To...
-Do you see any foreshadowing?
-What suspense strategies did Edgar use?
-How did this story reflect his life?
-What is the theme of the story?
-What is the tone of the story?
-What mood did it generate?
-Identify Poe's purpose (PIE)
-Do you think Dahl was influenced by Poe?
Mock Trial
Roderick Usher is on trial for the death of Lady Madeline. Is he guilty or innocent? What should be done with him? With your group, come up with the answers to these questions and then form a paragraph or two with your findings. You will share it with the class in 'Point and Accuse' style. Make sure you have TEXTUAL EVIDENCE!!!
We're going to spend 7 minutes with Edgar Allan Poe. Get out a piece of looseleaf. Be prepared to jot some notes as you read! DISCLAIMER: It's done in a comical way, so some information is just silly! You'll be able to tell the differece.
Let's share what you
learned about Poe!

Background Information: GRAVE ROBBERS (this will help you understand why a character in the Poe story makes a certain decision)
Let's Read "The Fall of the House of Usher"
-Do you see any foreshadowing?
-What suspense strategies did Edgar use?
-How did this story reflect his life?
-What is the theme of the story?
-What is the tone of the story?
-What mood did it generate?
-What was Poe's purpose? (PIE)
-Do you think Dahl was influenced by Poe?
POE-stcard Assigment
You will watch a short video clip and then assume the role of one of the character's in the story. You'll write a short postcard entry detailing an event that you witnessed.
This marks the end of this
Full transcript