Edgar Allan Poe Introduction Escape Room (Digital and Printable)

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Spark Creativity
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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My students loved the escape room. It paired well with my Poe and dark romanticism unit. Thank you so much for sharing!


Take students on an adventure to the House of Usher in this puzzle-filled Edgar Allan Poe escape room. They'll learn about Poe's life and work, exploring his story and his stories along the way. This is an ideal introduction to Poe before a longer unit, or functions beautifully as a stand-alone activity to give students a little Poe in their lives.

Escape rooms are notoriously COMPLEX to set up. That's why you'll find clear and concise instructions for the digital and physical versions - even a walkthrough video of the digital room so you're ready to answer student questions and give them hints. Want to see the video? Just click here!

By the end of their time in your "Escape the House of Usher" room, students will have read and/or listened to "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and excerpts from "The House of Usher," as well as exploring Poe's home in Baltimore and learning about the events of his life there.

Take a peek at the preview to get an idea of what's inside.

Questions? I'm at betsy@nowsparkcreativity.com.

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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


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