I have found that high school students have forgotten much of what they had been taught in elementary school about how to listen. This can lead to our frustration with students when they do not exhibit good listening practices and behaviors. To combat this problem, I have created a unit that reviews basic listening habits and behaviors as well as reviews basic narrative literary terms. Since I own a copy of the compact disc with readings of works by Edgar Allan Poe, "Closed on Account of Rabies," I decided to use two stories by Poe to use as materials for student narrative analysis. These lesson plans are keyed to the Common Core Standards as well as the Standards of Learning as adopted by Virginia. Key words: listening, narrative, standardized testing review, character, plot, setting, theme, literature interpretation, Poe, beginning of the year, literature analysis, rationale.
Listening to Poe
by Bradley Neff Hutchinson
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