Teacher Guide

Poe's Poetry Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    By studying Poe’s Poetry, using the readings, discussion questions, activities, essay topics, and resources for further study described in this lesson plan, students will be able to:

    • Develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Poe’s life that shaped his worldview and his writings;

    • Read Poe’s poetry with an eye to the linguistic and thematic details that Poe is known for, and recognize the broader themes present through Poe’s poetic oeuvre;

    • Analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in Poe’s poetry;


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