Lost Love: Jane Eyre and Annabel Lee

Lost Love: Jane Eyre and Annabel Lee

Author: Anne Veneman

OBJECTIVE: The student will be able to determine the similarities between Jane Eyre and "Annabel Lee"

CCSS.ELA.10.4:  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA.10.3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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Let's review our reading before we jump into "Annabel Lee"...

Jane has just lost everything except for the clothes she is wearing. Her friends, fiancé, and any money she had saved. She experienced the same feelings you described in your responses but magnified 100%.

In the poem "Annabel Lee", Edgar Allan Poe expresses this same sort of grief at the death of his beloved.

Pay close attention to the similarities between the two as we read the poem.

Before you start...

1. Respond to this prompt in our shared class Google Docs

What does it feel like to lose something? Describe a time when you lost something precious. How did you feel?

2. Read the poem Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe: ANNABEL LEE


Watch this video and pay attention to the emotion in the reading. Think about how the themes expressed here parallel those Jane is experiencing.

Click here to read a line-by-line analysis if you're still confused. It is also a helpful resource to use while you complete the next activity.

Comic Strip Activity

There are six stanzas in the poem "Annabel Lee". Analyze each stanza by drawing a visual representation of it in each box above. You can draw your own boxes to fill in or print the provided pdf.

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Let's wrap it up...

Go back to our Google doc and add a second part to your journal entry:

What are two ways that "Annabel Lee" reflects what we read this week in Jane Eyre?