Reflection: High Expectations EA Poe Webquest - Section 3: Homework: "Ulalume"


When I was a little kid, my grandmother and aunt took me to the Kennedy Center and the National Theatre.  Sometimes, there were performances I could understand and love (The King and I) and sometimes it was all a bit over my head (Seeing Elizabeth Taylor talk about National Velvet.)  Regardless of my reaction or whether or not the event was to my "taste," the experiences stretched me.

 When I give the 13 year olds "Ulalume," I want them to stretch.  It's hard.  The words are challenging.  Even the meter isn't easy like that of "Annabel Lee," but I just love the complexity and darkness in the poem.  The allusions are awesome (and something, though part of the CCSS for 8th grade, that is hard to teach with "middle school" literature.)  Though I am always pushing their understanding, I want them to be exposed to things that are beautiful and interesting. I want them to stretch.

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EA Poe Webquest

Unit 6: Unlocking Mood and Other Elements of Horror
Lesson 10 of 18

Objective: SWBAT gain an appreciation for Poe's biography and background in order to understand its influence on his work.

Big Idea: What do the Ravens, a Toaster and mysterious ciphers have in common? Edgar Allan Poe, of course!

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