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Real World Learning Objects: Language Arts

“The Purloined Letter”

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This project is an attempt for deaf students to become familiar with one of America’s most famous short story writers, Edgar Allan Poe, and to think critically about details of his story, “The Purloined Letter.”  The story features the detective, Auguste Dupin, whose clever nature enables him to retrieve a stolen letter and return it to its owner.  However, Poe does not reveal the contents of this letter nor its author, though he does allude to both.  Students will determine who wrote the purloined letter and what information the letter contained.  In addition, students will send their conclusions via e-mail to other students (deaf or hearing) and/or fans of Edgar Allan Poe.