National Endowment for the Arts - The Big Read
The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

I would give the world to embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination.

Edgar Allan Poe, 1848 (Courtesy of the Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia)

Schedule/Lesson Plans

This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.

The CD Audio Guides are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.

Day One
Focus: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Two
Focus: Sound, Tone, and Rhythm
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Three
Focus: Biographical Criticism and the Speaker of a Poem
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Four
Focus: Allusions
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Five
Focus: Evaluating a Poem
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Six
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Seven
Focus: Genre and Tradition
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Eight
Focus: Genre and Originality
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Nine
Focus: Content and Context
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Ten
Focus: What Makes a Writer Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]


Handout 1: Poe’s Theory of Poetry [PDF]
Handout 2: Poe and Detective Fiction [PDF]
Handout 3: Poe’s Literary Influence [PDF]

Download all ten lesson plans and handouts [.zip]

Page numbers refer to the 2007 Pocket Books paperback edition of Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

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