English (1B & 3B) Assignment for Nov. 13, 2012

Actin’ Like Edgar
[writing project]

We have been taking part in an in-depth look at the works of Edgar Allan Poe. As many of you have pointed out, he was a dark and disturbed. The reasons for this are probably many — the loss of important women in his life, a penchant for drugs and alcohol, a fascination with the occult, belief that there is beauty in death, et cetera. The list could really go on and on as each of you have reached his or her own conclusions about Poe.

To culminate this unit, we will begin by synthesizing everything you have culled from the stories. Specifically, we will look at his style of writing and the tone he often used.

Take for example the “Cask of Amontillado.” The tone of the story was dark and centered on death and revenge. The recurring theme of burying a body in a wall was used. The verbiage he used was that of many of his other stories — dense and verbose. There was a descent into madness as well. As will all short stories, the background details are sparse. You get dropped into the middle of the action with no knowledge of what has transpired previously.

To illustrate your understanding of all of this, you are going to act like Edgar. You are going to write a short story in the style of Poe, mimicking his tone and use of language and themes.

Here are the details:

  • 2-3 pages in length
  • 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font
  • 1 or 1.5 spacing
    • Not double spaced!
  • 1 inch margins on all sides
  • Mimic Poe’s writing style
    • Tone
    • Themes
    • Verbiage
      • Use 10-12 vocab words from the list provided
  • Must peer-edit & have yours peer-edited
    • Write your story, print it, give it to a friend to edit and mark up, the friend writes his/her name on the paper and signs it
  • Turn in rough draft with peer-edit markings and name and signature of peer editor & Turn in final draft
    • Peer-edit rough draft should be attached to final draft
    • All drafts should be printed
      • Sharing via Google Docs doesn’t count
  • Due as specified during class
    • Give to the sub
    • No late work allowed