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What Made It Seem Real? The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe

Kandy Crosby-Hastings
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In this 2-week class, students will analyze and write about the ideas presented in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar."

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
  • Students will learn to think critically about a work of classic literature and then outline and write an informative outline based upon their analysis.
I have master's degrees in professional writing, history, and human services counseling. 
Homework Offered
Prior to week one, students will be required to read the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar." After week one, students will be required to write a one to two-page informative essay. If they choose, they can submit a rough draft to the teacher for suggestions, via the Outschool portal, prior to finalizing their paper. Students will present their essays in week two of the class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I will provide an informal assessment of the students' essay writing and participation in class.
Grades Offered
Students will need to read or listen to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" prior to class.  They will need to bring paper and a pencil or pen to class to take notes.  Students will need access to either a computer or paper and pencil for writing their essays. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Edgar Allan Poe's stories are known for their graphic descriptions of horror.  "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" includes a character that, due to mesmerizing, dissolves at the time of his death. It is a story that includes psychological horror.  
We will refer to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" throughout the class. 
Joined June, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
Master's Degree in History
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies
Bachelor's Degree in Education
My name is Kandy Crosby-Hastings. I teach history, classic literature, and writing classes. I have two sons who were homeschooled from preschool through their high school graduation. I also have experience working in the public school system and... 
Group Class


for 2 classes
1x per week, 2 weeks
85 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-6 learners per class

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