Reflection: Routines and Procedures Masking Fear: A Focus on Setting in Poe's "Masque of the Red Death" - Section 1: Intro & Welcome: Happy 85th Birthday to Micky Mouse


While pepperoni did win the overall favorite topping across all classes, in the Grade 10/Sophomore classes, sausage just edged out "America's Favorite Topping."

While I do use the class openings to have a little "fun" with my students, they also get students settled down, and give them an opportunity to get their books out and focus before we begin to address context. Like a well-written attention-getter, they hook the students for the day, and I try to draw connections between the Daily Holiday and the class content for the day. Today I mentioned/instructed, "'Steamboat Willie' was the first cartoon to use synchronized sound, which brings up Edgar Allan Poe's use of sound in 'The Raven.' Will you please take that reading out?"  

Some additional thoughts on introducing class and focus on joy.

  Routines and Procedures: It Was Sausage Over Pepperoni
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Masking Fear: A Focus on Setting in Poe's "Masque of the Red Death"

Unit 8: Literacy: Brooding, Dark and Gothic Poetry and Short Stories (Romanticism Part II)
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT analyze how Poe's central character, Prince Prospero, portrays the elements of Gothic literature through mapping a setting reflecting his character.

Big Idea: The setting of "Masque of the Red Death" reflects the themes of the piece: time is fleeting, madness takes its toll.

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