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Short Story Series: Edgar Allan Poe

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Short Stories – Poe
This class is part of the Short Story Literature Series.
Other classes in this series include:
Flannery O’Connor
Jack London
Shirley Jackson
O. Henry
Sandra Cisneros
Richard Connell
Frank R. Stockton

What is the difference between a short story and a novel (other than the length)? How can the shorter form help a writer focus closely on plot and action? How can a writer make their readers care about the characters they have created without the extra room of a longer novel?

In this one-week course, we will read two different stories from a single American writer, Edgar Allan Poe, and we will make comparisons between each one to find common themes in the writer’s work. Students will learn how the short story form has shaped the history of modern literature, and we will look at examples of short stories that have enabled the writer to comment on their own culture and on the events of the world around them.

This course will focus heavily on reading, and full copies of stories we will cover will be provided for students to read on their own.

No live classesview lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for boththe depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.

Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.

Part 1:
Biographical information on the writer’s life and career. We will discuss why this writer has remained such a significant voice in American Literature.

Part 2:
One of the writer’s most famous short stories: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and will discuss why this story has had such a lasting impact on American culture.

Part 3:
The third part of the class will look closely at another one of the writer’s short stories, “The Masque of the Red Death,” and we will discuss common themes across this and other stories in the writer’s larger body of work.

Although this course will only require reading of one short story, students are also encouraged to continue reading this longer novel on their own time. Links will be provided for free downloadable e-books of the work(s) that we will discuss.

Next Level Homeschool is a firm believer that not all learning should happen from behind a screen! That's why we give students the freedom to submit their assignments in the way THEY want to! We don't want regurgitation learning here. By allowing students to use their own talents, skills, and passions to complete assignments, they become even more engaged and retain the information. Why? Because now it's literally in their hands! We receive thousands of projects every year from our students: written reports, videos, models, posters, Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, songs, poems, skits, drawings, sculptures, craftswe've seen it ALL! And WE LOVE IT!!

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Course Features

  • Schedule Oct 3 - Oct 17
  • Activities Language Arts
  • Lessons 1
  • Suggested Ages 12-17 One Level