January 19

Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic, is born

January 19, 1809

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  • Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers

    We are naturally curious about the lives (and deaths) of authors, especially those, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce, who have left us with so many intriguing mysteries. But does biographical knowledge add to our understanding of their works? And if so, how do we distinguish between the accurate detail and the rumor, between truth and slander? In this lesson, students become literary sleuths, attempting to separate biographical reality from myth. They also become careful critics, taking a stand on whether extra-literary materials such as biographies and letters should influence the way readers understand a writer's texts.

  • Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Narrator
    Lesson Plan / Literature & Language Arts
    Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Narrator

    Help your students consider a variety of narrative stances in Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "Tell Tale Heart," and Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge."

French painter Paul Cézanne born

January 19, 1839

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General Robert E. Lee born

January 19, 1807

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  • Lesson 2: The Battles of the Civil War
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: The Battles of the Civil War

    Through the use of maps and original documents, this lesson will focus on the key battles of the Civil War, Gettysburg and Vicksburg and show how the battles contributed to its outcome. It will also examine the "total war" strategy of General Sherman, and the role of naval warfare in bringing about a Union victory.

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