1. The program begins with a biography of Edgar Allan Poe and an overview of his literary works. Students will understand how Poe influenced the genres of science-fiction, detective/mystery, and horror.
2. Students will then analyze adaptations of Poe's works in different mediums (art, films, TV shows, memes, fashion, etc.), works inspired by Poe's life and literature (Sherlock Homes, Steven King, Vincent Price), and how Poe has become a pop-culture icon in our society.
3. Students will analyze and evaluate how truthful Poe's legacy is today through understanding elements of media literacy including intent, bias, fact vs. opinions, motives, etc.
Students will make connections across time and space to understand the relatability of the (not so distant) past and examine why literary/historical figures like Edgar Allan Poe are still relevant/important today.
Students will demonstrate their comprehension of the Poe's works by comparing the same work in two different mediums (text and video).
Students analyze primary sources including poems, photographs, and collection objects.
Students will analyze legacy versus historical truth and understand how and why history is often misconstrued.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RH.1 -- Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.11-12.RL.7 -- Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RST.9 -- Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.7 -- Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RL.10 -- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RL.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RL.7 -- Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.7 -- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RL.10 -- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RL.7 -- Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RI.7 -- Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RL.10 -- 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.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RL.7 -- Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
Virginia Standards of Learning
VS.1 The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship
USI.1 The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship
6.1 The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.
6.3 The student will determine the purpose of media messages and examine how they are constructed.
6.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, and poetry.
7.1 The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations.
7.3 The student will examine the elements of media literacy.
7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
8.3 The student will analyze, develop, and produce creative or informational media messages.
8.5 The student will read and analyze a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
9.2 The student will produce, analyze, and evaluate media messages.
9.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of fictional texts including narratives, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
10.2 The student will examine, analyze, and produce media messages.
10.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze literary texts of different cultures and eras.
11.2 The student will examine how values and points of view are included or excluded and how media influences beliefs and behaviors.
11.4 The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture.