Real Teens Read: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Our October theme for Real Teens Read is Edgar Allan Poe, and we read “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Some resources I use when planning are Progeny Press literature study guides and websites such as shmoop and EDSITEment.

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We thought the spooky nature of Poe’s works would be fun for October, and the teens commented that they didn’t realized how “unspooky” some of the themes seemed once they learned more about them, such as love and beauty. They also liked learning about the symbolism in “The Raven,” and how Poe used alliteration, repetition, and images from the Bible and from mythology to convey information to the reader. We’ll be going to a live performance of Poe given by a local theater group, and hopefully the kids will be inspired to read more of Poe’s poetry and stories.

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