Monday - Begin Poe unit. Students will have a "gallery walk" where they look at various gothic images on the SmartBoard. They will write down their initial reactions to the images in their journals. After viewing the images on the SmartBoard, the students will watch the "Psycho" trailer to see which gothic elements from the gallery walk come up again. We will then compare/contrast and discuss. After discussing, the students will fill out an initial questionnaire on the upcoming unit on Poe. Exit slip before leaving.
Tuesday/Wednesday - DO NOW to begin class. Note taking on the life and influences of Edgar Allan Poe. Think-pair-share on essential questions from Poe's life in the middle and end of our note taking. Exit slip: what makes a "great" poem?
HW - In a paragraph, respond to the following question: What about Poe has caught your attention? Does he seem like a person worth spending getting to know? Respond in four to six sentences.
Thursday - Review what students wrote for "great" poems. Braindump favorite short stories and poems. What do all of these have in common? Class will come up with tenants for "great" short stories and poems. Note taking on Poe's "Philosophy of Composition" and "The Poetic Principal." Discuss how our tenants match up with Poe's. In their journals, students will make predictions of Poe's writing in their journals based on what they have learned about him thus far.
Friday - DO NOW: How do you think Poe's losses will effect his writing? Read "Annabel Lee." Discuss the poem and look at the poem's rhyme scheme. Exit slip.