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Educational Programs

Reading Poe is an educational rite of passage for students around the world.  Bring Poe's works to life for your students with one of our Educational Programs, for classrooms and home schools alike.   

Programs are 30 minutes, $3 per student and can be combined with a school tour

We also offer these programs as teacher workshops! 

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Middle School and High School Programs

“The Tell-Tale Heart” Mock Trial

Student Artist Drawing of Mock Trial ProgramAfter a dramatic reading of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, students divide into groups of defense attorneys and prosecutors to argue for a verdict in a mock courtroom presided over by a student judge. The student jury decides whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity, and often student courtroom artists record the trial.

“The Red Death Interrogated”

After a dramatic reading of “The Masque of the Red Death,” students divide into groups to debate the motives of the protagonist of the story:  Is he a hero or a villain? Before the concluding arguments, one student appointed as the Plague Doctor will deliver information about real plagues throughout history.

“Poetry Workshop: The Raven”

After a dramatic reading of “The Raven,” students will explore how Poe created this famous poem, using scansion to discover the strict metrical structure of the poem.

*these programs are recommended for ages 12 and up—and they work great for teacher team-building groups too!

Walking Tours

Walking tours are available at $5 per person for a 50-minute walk.

Walk In the Poet's Footsteps 

This walking tour explores Poe’s life with stops at Richmond landmarks associated with Poe, including the Masonic Lodge, the Craig House, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, and the Henrico County Courthouse.

Poe’s Shockoe Bottom

This walking tour explores the immediate neighborhood of the museum with stops at sites provoking associations with some of Poe’s greatest stories and poems such as “The Conqueror Worm,” “To Helen,” and “The Premature Burial”, selections of which will be read on tour.

For Younger Students

Students with Raven PuppetsPipsqueak Poets Tour

Designed for an elementary school-aged audience, the Pipsqueak Poets Tour is a great introduction to poetry and rhyme. Our standard tour is condensed and adapted for a younger audience and culminates in an activity featuring Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven.” Students will make a raven puppet to take home. The tour and activity combined last an hour and is $5 per student. 

Combine with a half-hour Scavenger Hunt program for another $3 per student.