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The sophisticated vocabulary of Poe will present a problem. One aim of this unit is to help students get the meaning of unfamiliar words as they meet them in their reading. Vocabulary building is essential to the improvement of reading skills. Most of my pupils prefer listening to stories or watching them on television rather than reading them. It is frustrating for them to read when they do not know the words—and much easier to be spoon fed. My objective would be to have students name the formal characteristics of the short story; that it focuses on a single character and a single crisis, it involves a short period of time, it deals with a single mood and maintains a single tone.
Briefly I have covered the following topics in this paper: introduction, biographical sketch of Edgar Allan Poe, Poe’s style, his use of suspense, his theories of writing, and finally critiques of five of his horror tales, and his poem “The Raven”.
(Recommended for English or Reading grades 6 through 8)
Poe Edgar Allen