Today, we began learning about the mysterious life of our next author, Edgar Allan Poe. He is known as the “Father of Modern Mystery and Suspense”, as each of his stories is infused with a twisting plot, creepy setting, and memorable characters. Poe was plagued by tragic events surrounding his short life, and ironically, he died a very mysterious death. Perhaps these lonely times inspired his gothic and cryptic styles. Either way, we know the world of literature and even scary movies as we know them would not be the same if it weren’t for Poe.
The first story we will read is in your text, “The Tell-Tale Heart”.
Below are some videos I think you will enjoy:
1. The video surrounding the mystery of his death.
2. Watch the trailer on the “Tell-Tale Heart”, our first short story of this unit. Speakers up. There is sound before there is a picture. It’s scary. Sleep tight tonight!
***Additionally, tomorrow, we will be working on a webquest. It’s very interactive and even reads the stories to you. Get a head start if you feel like it! (It does require Flash). If you click here, you can experience your turn to trying to solve the mystery of his death. Turn your speakers on because it speaks back to you.
This website has a shorter timeline than the one we used last week, but it doesn’t hurt to review the events, such as Charles Dickens’ birth and the construction of the railroad, that occurred during Poe’s life. (Poe Stories Website)
HW- Watch the Vocabulary Unit 3, Lesson 2 video all the way through to find out about your homework(s).
Complete the online vocab assignment on my EDU2.0 site. If the website is not working for you or you have internet troubles, I need a screenshot as evidence of your tech issues.
Go to the link below and take the punctuation diagnostic test. Tomorrow, we will gather information as to our strengths and weaknesses in this area. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quizzes/punct_fillin.htm