I spent a few day “assisting” an eighth grade teacher teach Edgar Allen Poe’s life and poetry. Do I ever want to read or listen to poetry again? Well, I do because I have had very good experiences writing, reading, and listening to poetry of many kinds. But if one of the teacher’s goals was to increase student interest in poetry, I’m sure most of the students left quoting the Raven.
Pretty princesses parade past Peyton’s, pleading, “Please pass peanuts to the pretend parrot.”
Kayla Hates Fake snakes.
What have you seen?
Do not be filled with dread when you see a man without a head.
Do not tremble with fear when there is a ghoul near.
Do not pee you pants when you see the skeletons dance.
Do not flee in fright when you see a ghost at night.
It is Halloween.
Not that these things are unimportant, but there was no “why” or student involvement. I think most of them had a good nap and can remember the three terms long enough for a quiz. They will also remember that Poe married his thirteen year old cousin.