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iPoe 2 could be a fun substitute for reading these stories in a textbook or more traditional format. To increase reading support, you could have kids read along with an audio recording of the stories. Or you could read aloud to the class. By introducing students to Poe in this way, students may become more receptive to his work when they discover it outside the app. As students explore the stories and illustrations, you could encourage them to create their own sketches to accompany the scenes, particularly the parts of the stories that don't have any illustrations in the app.Continue reading Show less
When you pick up a story by Edgar Allen Poe, you can expect a bit of gruesomeness, as well as a lot of mystery and suspense. iPoe - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allen Poe Collection is an electronic version of three Poe stories that heightens the elements of these suspenseful stories with its yellowed pages, eerie background music, and haunting sketches. The collection includes "The Raven," "Hop Frog," and "The Black Cat." Text is available in English, French, or Spanish and is enhanced by the sketches and illustrations that appear three-dimensional.
Count on Edgar Allen Poe to deliver classic horror and offer an excellent material for teaching tone and mood. iPoe 2's design makes that lesson even more obvious with the eerie music, sound effects, and sketches. There's not much more here besides the music than you'd find in a traditional text version of the stories, but that's actually great for learning and engagement. Teachers and students get the convenience of electronic text without the copying and storage, but students won't be distracted by irrelevant or jazzy features that could detract from the stories.
Teachers may miss teaching supports, such as vocabulary, commentary, and discussion questions, but those can be found or teacher-created. Perhaps ePoe would have been a better name; this app is more electronic than interactive, but it's still worth a look.
Key Standards Supported
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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