Literary Masterworks Class at AES
GATE students at AES studied the works of Ambrose Bierce, William Shakespeare, and Edgar Allen Poe. They used story boarding to recapture key events from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. They compared and contrasted the tragedies and created detailed story boards. Students were amazed to see how many quotes we say today that Shakespeare wrote over 400 years ago. Students also predicted and wrote their own versions of Bierce's, The Boarded Window, using higher level questioning strategies for story elements for this classic “shocking" story. Lastly, students read and analyzed several Poe selections including: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Masque of the Red Death, The Oval Portrait, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Parents reflected that this class sparked a new found love and interest of poetry and classic literature and they enjoyed experiencing these classics once again from discussions with their children.