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Poe and Gothic Imagery

Borrowed from Melissa Monzyk, who borrowed from elsewhere. Please reuse with attribution, where possible!
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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"
"Alone"
PROCESS
Extra Stories!
Introduction:
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.
PoeQuest
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. (We'll use him as a mentor for our horror story writing!)
Do Now:
Respond to quote in your Google Doc
TASKS:

Here's what you'll be doing...
Brainstorm what "Gothic" means
Read Gothic literature & see Gothic imagery
Investigate the mystery of Poe's death
Read two of Poe's most famous pieces, "The Raven" and "The Cask of Amontillado"
Compare modern adaptations to Poe's original works.
Create a visual representation (Google Presentation or Prezi) of your group's work 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.
Read about EAP's life at the Poe Museum and Poe Stories.


"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.
Watch The Simpsons rendition of "The Raven."
"The Cask of Amontillado"
Watch one of these short videos on "The Cask of Amontillado", then read Poe's short story. Follow along with the text while listening.
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 one of these images (a monster, a horrific scene, or a supernatural scene) and discuss it with your group in detail. What is its name? What do you notice? What are some of its scary details?
Write the answers in your Poe Google Doc!
Use the videos and listed links below to develop your own definition of Gothic literature and imagery.
List the elements that make a story "Gothic."
Provide examples from film and text.
http://www.poemuseum.org/life.php
http://www.poestories.com/biography.php

http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/raven/st1.cfm
Your group’s “Gothic” definition

Interesting fact about Edgar Allan Poe’s life

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

One way we can emulate or imitate Poe as we begin our horror stories.
"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"
Conclusion:

Rubric
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
Presentations are Monday in class!
So...
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.

http://poestories.com/index.php
Create a Google Doc to keep all of your work on this WebQuest. Click "Create" in the assignment page on Classroom and choose Doc. Each group member must create a Document for their daily work. The final Slide presentation will be done as a group with one final product.
Any work done with a guest teacher counts for double credit
. Enjoy Poe! - Melly
Use your individual Docs to gather information -- create ONE Slides presentation to share your info as a group.
You will be graded on content & appearance, so take pride in your presentations.
If you finish ALL of your PoeQuest work, read the extra stories. For extra credit, summarize the plot of each piece and list the Gothic elements/images you find.
"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." - Edgar Allan Poe

Hope you enjoyed
working within
the world of Poe!
* Write in Google Doc, then discuss with group
Let's get started!
http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/gothic/gothic.html

http://www.virtualsalt.com/gothic.htm

(you may have to type these into the address bar, if they are not clickable!
Additional Info on Gothic Elements:
Full Text: http://poestories.com/read/amontillado
(Now, read or listen to the original text. This video has 2 parts, so make sure to watch both!
Choose at least one summary to watch.
(Hint: Go to "Insert > Drawing" in your Google Doc to draw the diagram!)
Over the next 3 days, you will...
(OK, now read the summary here to make sure you got it:
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/poestories/section11.rhtml
Use this link if video doesn't work: https://goo.gl/xrVThP
https://goo.gl/AJyDQ6
https://goo.gl/ytvuAd
https://goo.gl/7q4mWC
Link to this video, pt 1: https://goo.gl/YS6DCZ
1. Move through the Prezi using the arrows below.
2. Discuss questions, videos, articles, etc. with your group.
3. Answer any questions highlighted in blue in your
individual Google Doc. (like this:


)
4. Use your individual Docs to build a group Slides presentation showcasing what you've learned.

INSTRUCTIONS:
* Write in Google Doc, then discuss with group
Ready to get started? Click to see your steps!
Discuss the above with your group, then write in your Google Doc!
Remember: write your definition of the Gothic in your Google Doc as you watch/read.
Write the answers your group discusses in your individual Doc!
Discuss with your group:
*How to summarize the events of EAP's life
*How you think his life may have affected his writing
List the Gothic elements you see in your Google Doc.
How does this version include Gothic elements? How does it make fun of Gothic elements? Discuss with your group and write in your Doc.
In your Doc, write 3-5 sentences explaining what you think happens in the story. Is this Gothic? Why or why not?
Write a six-word version of this story in your Google Doc.
Discuss with your group, then write in your Doc.
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