• Debate on Controversial Theories of Poe’s Death – For this
activity, students learn about the symptoms of alcohol
poisoning and rabies infection before reading two contradictory
articles on how Poe may have died. Kit includes a total of 4
nonfiction pieces and 2 student worksheets.
• In addition to this activity, I am also providing 4 nonfiction
articles that link to the stories covered in this unit.
o A study of schizophrenia (connected to “The Tell-Tale
Heart” & “The Fall of the House of Usher”). Includes
a student worksheet.
o A study of Cyanide Poisoning & Formaldehyde
(connects to “The Landlady”)
o A study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (connects to
Major Morris of “The Monkey’s Paw”). Includes a student
• Allusions in “The Raven” -
NOTE: I used this lesson for a Compass evaluation and received a Highly Effective rating
Go further in-depth with this infamous poem by Edgar Allan
Poe, For this activity, student are broken into 8 groups to study
allusions found in “The Raven”. Students later report their
newfound information to the whole class.
o Raven (Norse Mythology - Odin, Huginn, and Muninn)
o Pallas Athena (Greek Mythology)
o Pluto (Greek Mythology)
o Nepenthe (Homer’s The Odyssey)
o censer (biblical)
o Seraphim (biblical)
o Balm of Gilead (biblical)
o Garden of Eden (biblical)
NOTE: Groups are numbered to indicate the level of difficulty. This opens up the incorporation of differentiated instruction.
• Horror and Suspense writing activities – 6 writing prompts
which connect to the stories covered in this unit: : “The Tell-
Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of
Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan
Poe, “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Landlady” by
Roald Dahl, and “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.
Each prompt was created with the PARCC Narrative Writing Task in mind.