Upcoming Institutes

Teaching Edgar Allan Poe (Fall 2021 Webinars)

In October 2021, Humanities Texas will hold two 75-minute webinars for English Language Arts teachers on the poetry and short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

Schedule and Curriculum

This two-part series will take place via Zoom from 5:00–6:15 p.m. CT on Monday, October 18 and 25. Teachers who register will receive information for each webinar. Attending both sessions is encouraged but not required.

Content will be aligned with the TEKS. The two webinars will focus on the varied work of Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1845). Expert in several literary genres, Poe remains one of the most popular and perplexing figures in American literature. More than two centuries after his birth, he continues to exert an outsized influence on a number of literary traditions, including detective fiction, horror, science fiction, hoax, humor, satire, and the southern gothic.

The first webinar, “Teaching Poe’s Poems,” will contextualize several of his major poems, including “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Alone,” while the second webinar, “Teaching Poe’s Short Stories,” will examine classic tales such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Both webinars will consider Poe’s legacy and highlight the most important takeaways for middle and high school students.

Like all Humanities Texas teacher programs, the webinars will be content-based and teacher-centered, with an emphasis on developing effective pedagogical strategies.

Fall 2021 Webinar Schedule:

  • October 18: Teaching Poe's Poems, Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • October 25: Teaching Poe's Short Stories, Coleman Hutchison (The University of Texas at Austin)


The online program is free to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials for each session in the series. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend both weekly sessions. CPE hours will be based on Zoom attendance and adjusted if a participant misses any portion of the program. In order to attend the webinars and receive CPE credit, you must be a registered participant.

How to Apply

Complete the online application for the "Teaching Edgar Allan Poe" webinars. By submitting an application, you are signing up to receive information about and access to both webinars. Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis.


The institute is made possible with major funding from the State of Texas with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email institutes@humanitiestexas.org.