By Kathy Applebee; Students read and analyze Poe’s poems and events in his life to be successful. Includes clues, directions, exit ticket and writing prompts suggestions, seven reflection questions, online resources and review games, standards in ELA and math and editable rubric.
Recommended Ages/ target audience: middle/high school; Ideal Group Size: classroom; Suggested Time: 5 minute introduction, 50 minute playing time, additional time for reflection and exit tickets
The diary of widow Sarah Whitman, who performed as a medium conducting séances while wearing a tiny coffin necklace. Has been found. Poe and she had a short, intense and stormy courtship spending three successive evenings together, one in a cemetery. On the third evening he begged her to marry him. She declined to answer him and sent him home, promising, however, to write to him.
Marking one of the pages is a brief note by a nephew. It hints that perhaps the diary and items stuffed inside the room are coded or ciphers (which Poe loved) leading to treasure. Can you decipher the clues and get inside the locked boxes before time runs out?
2 lock boxes, 6 lock hasp, 3 regular locks and keys, 3 & 4 number combo locks, letter lock and direction lock, Clues .PDF, teacher answer keys, ruler, candle, mirror, light/lamp, umbrella, pen, paper, UV pen and flashlight finder; copies of The Raven and online or print access to events in Poe’s life.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7, 8, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade appropriate topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.B.4 CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.B.3 CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.B.2 Represent and interpret data.
3.OA.1-4 Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division. (3–5-ETS1-1),(3–5-ETS1-2)
3.OA.8-9 Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic. (3–5-ETS1-1),(3–5-ETS1-2)
4.OA.1-3 Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems. (3–5-ETS1-1),(3–5-ETS1-2)
4.OA.5 Generate and analyze patterns. (3–5-ETS1-1),(3–5-ETS1-2)
5.OA.1-2.1 Write and interpret numerical expressions. (3–5-ETS1-1),(3–5-ETS1-2)
5.OA.3 Analyze patterns and relationships. (3–5-ETS1-1),(3–5-ETS1-2)
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