Time: It will take approximately 2 – 3 hours for two
students working together to find the story and the first publication date,
read and discuss the story, and answer comprehension questions. It may take an additional hour for
individual students to deduce the necessary information and send e-mail
messages. The correspondence
time may involve an additional 48 hours or more, depending on the
promptness of the person’s reply.
with Internet access or copies of the Edgar Allan Poe story, “The Purloined
Letter,” timeline of Poe’s life and works.
Prerequisites: General knowledge of Edgar Allan Poe’s life
Implementation: This RWLO can be used either in the classroom to read, learn about
Poe and communicate with others or as a homework assignment.
- Provide computers for students to open
Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia on the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Allan_Poe
- Ask students to scroll down to Contents.
- Ask students to scroll down to 6.2 Stories.
- Find the story, “The Purloined Letter” and
the date it was published.
- In groups of two,
ask students to read the story in its entirety and answer the six
Ask students to send the instructor an e-mail attachment with
the six questions and answers.
- If the Internet
is not available, provide hard copies of the story, “The Purloined
Letter,” and ask students to read it.
- Have an adapted
version of the story available (published by Scholastic) if students
have a difficult time comprehending the unabridged version of the
story on the Internet.
- Give students
time individually to deduce the author of the letter and its contents
as well as surmise why Poe may have concealed information from
- Guide students in
the communication of their ideas. They will correspond with at least two people: a
fan of Poe, a deaf student, a hearing student, or an expert on Poe.
a. Fan Listing: http://fan.500ml.org/poe
b. E-mail messages to deaf students of
Dr. Jane Nickerson: jane.Nickerson@gallaudet.edu
c. E-mail messages to hearing
students: www.epals.com or www.iecc.org
d. Experts on Poe (not yet running) –
Talking about Poe Section:
reasons for the correspondence are as follows:
a. to share ideas with other readers of
to learn of other’s opinions and deductions,
find out if there is agreement or disagreement as to the writer of the
letter and its contents,
initiate a possible continued correspondence with other readers of Poe.
7. Ask students to provide teacher
with hard copies of their e-mail correspondence