Sunday, March 31, 2013

Finding Irony - A Poe Writing Lesson


Ok, we hope a couple of you found the humor in our last post title.  We chose it deliberately, as we are proponents of OER and support the smaller companies that provide free e-textbooks to students.  With all the great resources on the Internet, innovative educators now have little need for the traditional textbooks.  We’ll have more to say about OER soon.

That title, though, is an example of irony, a literary device that I explored with my students as part of our Edgar Allen Poe author study.  I posted this lesson to Curriki, an open source provider of free resources to teachers.  This is primarily a writing assignment, but we do listen to the short story together (via audiobook, a must-do for Poe, as the narration really adds to the intrigue of his stories).

As an aside, visitors of the April Fool’s post put us over 20,000 in page views.  Thank you to all our visitors - your support energizes us daily, and these milestones allow us to reflect on how fun this really is.  We wish our friends a Happy Easter, a blessed Passover, and great Spring Break to all!

CC Connection: This lesson addresses most of the reading and writing (explanatory) anchor standards for grades 6 – 8.  Students identify theme, analyze characters, and compare plots.  They then write two explanatory essays, providing details and evidence from the literature.

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