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Explorations in Literature: The Poetry and Prose of Edgar Allan Poe

Jennifer Smith, M.A. in English (she/her)
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(130)
In this 4-week literature and poetry class, students will read and analyze some of Edgar Allan Poe's creepiest works.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Students will become familiar with Edgar Allan Poe and several of his writing techniques, his style, and his background. Students will also learn how to identify literary elements and poetic devices and be able to give examples of each.
I am a certified teacher. I taught public school for seven years, and I am currently working on my MA in English. I also have sixteen years of experience as a homeschool teacher. I've taught literature & poetry classes to public school students, co-op students, my children, and in an online class format. I've also led poetry and literature workshops for adults. October School is a recurring yearly event for me. I started it with my own children in 2017 and have continued it with them and with other students ever since. When conducting October School, I focus mainly on Edgar Allan Poe for a few reasons: 
1. He is my favorite writer/poet.
2. I've been a Poe fanatic since I was 14 and read The Tell-Tale Heart for the first time.
3. I have Poe books, pillows, ravens, skulls, etc. throughout my house; I know Poe.
4. I took an American Renaissance graduate course and wrote about Poe's "The Black Cat" for my final paper in the course.

The dark concepts presented in Poe's works offer lots of topics for discussion. I have covered these topics in previous classes and am prepared to discuss them again.
Homework Offered
There is no mandatory homework, but I will suggest books and other resources for those interested in learning more.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learner progress is assessed through weekly discussions and group activities.
Grades Offered
 4 files available upon enrollment
Pens/Pencils Folder with 3-prongs Notebook paper
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Poe's writing contains dark imagery and topics. Also, The Eagles' song Hotel California uses the word "hell" to describe a place. The full lyrics can be found through an online search.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(130)
I teach Literature, Writing, Poetry, Mythology, and Folklore classes for Middle and High School. I also teach a small selection of classes for elementary-aged students and preschoolers.

I have a BS in Elementary Education and a MA in English. I... 
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for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
55 min

Completed by 9 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-10 learners per class

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