Digital Escape Room enhances students’ study of Edgar Allan Poe
Will they solve Poe’s riddle and escape? Eighth graders in Kaitlyn Gleason’s ELA classes tried to solve the clues in a digital escape room based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
The students learned about Poe and read his short story. To prepare for writing about the story’s narrator, the students entered a digital escape room full of clues about Poe and the story. In partners, the students were tasked with finding clues, and answering questions that would open five locks in the 360 degree site. Clues led students to read Poe’s biography, search for a specific location using Google Earth, solve an online jigsaw puzzle and cryptogram, and more.
In addition to preparing students for their assessment, the immersion experience was an opportunity for collaboration, creative thinking, and problem solving.