Week 7–Davy Crockett, The Second Great Awakening, and Spooky Edgar Allan Poe Stories

Important Announcements

Journals–No journals this week BECAUSE, the end of the quarter is next week. I need you to go through your journals, and make sure you have completed each one. Here is the complete list of all sixteen. Bring your journal to class on Friday so I can go through it and make sure you have done them all for full credit.ย 

Grades–ย It is the end of the quarter next week, and I will get you your grades ASAP. I need to work really hard to get your Persuasive Essays graded, and it can change your grade a lot. Hopefully, if you worked hard on it your grade will go up. But if you didn’t work too hard, your grade may go down. That is bad news for a couple of you.

Extra Credit–If there is any assignment that you felt your scored poorly on and you want to work to bring your grade up. I would love to give you the opportunity to do so. The extra credit assignment will be to take one of your journals, re-write it into an essay, and properly format it. It will be the exact assignment that you did the first week of school. Easy-Peasy. Just make sure you pick a new topic, and do your best (1 1/2 to 2 pages and perfect MLA). ย It will be a good way to boost your grade if you need it, but it is optional.

Monday and Tuesday

Okay, so our book wanted us to be reading The Narrative of the Life of Davy Crockett these last two weeks. But as a professional English teacher, I reserve the right to do what I want. And I wanted to make sure we threw in the African American trickster tales last week. So we are going to gloss over Davy Crockett this week. Basically, we are going to watch the movie. Don’t feel like I am stealing your education from you. Most kids don’t read the whole text in high school; if anything, they might just read a portion of it. And if you REALLY want to read it, feel free to click on this link here. If not, just get a snack and watch the movie!

  • Get a snack and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Read this short biography.
  • Write a paragraph describing why Davy Crockett is such an important folk hero.
  • Watch and sing this song (lyrics appear). Sing it a couple times to be ready to solo sing it on Friday.


Today you are going to read in your textbook, then read an article, watch aย ten minute video, and then answer three questions (in the comment section below).

  • Read Lesson 35–Bible Study “The Second Great Awakening” in your Notgrass Textbook.
  • Your book mentions that during the Cane Ridge revival, there were some unusual manifestations. People would fall on the ground, lie motionless, bark like dogs, and laugh uncontrollably. During this time, people began to call this being “slain in the spirit.” It is total unbiblical TBN type stuff. But, this isn’t the first time these things happened in the church. It also occurred during the First Great Awakening, and Edwards, Whitefield, and Wesley believed it was due to an evil spirit. They did not believe that it was the power of God. Some people will take quotes of theirs to say that they supported it, but those quotes were when they didn’t know what to think. As it went on, they knew it wasn’t right. But is also goes back further than that! All the way to early church history. It is a phenomenon called montanism. It is a false teaching that you will especially see today in many hyper-charismatic churches.
  • Please read this article about montanism
  • Take a moment and thank God for placing you in a church that does not tolerate creepy montanist manifestations. We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, practiced in order, as taught in the Bible. Thank you Jesus!!!
  • Then finally, watch this 9 minute video by David Wilkerson

Remember Trueย Revival is REPENTANCE, not emotion!!!

Questions (put your answers in the comment section below):

  1. How does it make you feel that churches put up with this horrible stuff?
  2. Why do you think it is important to be aware of false teaching/practices in the church?
  3. What does 1 Timothy 4:1 say, and how do you think it applies to this stuff?


Okay, so there once was a writer by the name of Edgar Allan Poe. It doesn’t seem like your textbook wants you to read him, but he is significant to this business of American literature, so we need to read him. And it just so happens to line up with a rather spooky time of year. As you read this, I want you to consider the literature we have read so far. You will notice that this is rather shocking for the time period. It was probably like the Saw of the 1800’s. Shocking. Scary. Psychological. “The Tell Tale Heart”ย has to do with guilt (and it is psychological).ย “The Masque of the Red Death”ย has to do with a horrible plague. Anyways. These are the more tame stories, that are usually read in school. We also used to read “The Black Cat” but I didn’t assign it because I don’t know if your parents would get mad at me. So, if you like reading spooky Poe stories, ask your folks if you can read “The Black Cat;” it is crazy. If you read that one too, you will get an even GREATER understanding of what Poe meant to the world of literature in the 1800’s.

We are also going to use our study of Poe to review some important literary devices. “The Tell Tale Heart” handout has some information on the narrator, and irony (don’t forget to complete and turn in that work). And below is some information on mood and tone. Remember, this is an art form and the details are not just random, they are carefully selected to evoke a response.

Literary Devices

  • Mood is the overall feeling or atmosphere created by a work of literature. A writer creates mood through images, sound, word choice, and setting.
  • Tone is the attitude the writer takes toward the subject of a work, the characters, or events in it, or the audience. Tone can be described in a single word, such as humorous, serious, playful, objective, sarcastic, solemn, irreverent, and so on.


Please answer these questions on a clean slice of paper, and turn it in on Friday.

  1. Can you relate to Prince Prospero, or to anyone in this story? Are there any genuine characters?
  2. What does the Prince hope to do by locking himself in the castle? Why would he have the doors barred from the outside as well? Beyond physical safety, what is Prince Prospero attempting to do by leaving everything but merriment outside?
  3. What current event does this story remind you of?
  4. How does Poe use the clock as a symbol?ย What does the chiming of the clock interrupt? What does this remind the people of?
  5. Is death presented as a force of evil in “The Masque of the Red Death?” Or is it a neutral force?
  6. The phrase “like a thief in the night” comes from what source? How does this add to the apocalyptic tone?
  7. What would you say is the mood of the story? Does it change? How does the descriptions in the book affect the mood?
  8. What one word would you use to describe the tone of this piece? Use some evidence from the story to back up your opinion (his word choice, imagery, sound effects, symbols, etc).
  9. Prospero, the main character from Shakespeareโ€™s, The Tempest, puts on a masque for his daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law.ย  At the conclusion of his masque, he says that everything eventually fades and is forgotten, ending with โ€œWe are such stuff/ As dreams are made on, and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep,โ€ suggesting that life is made up of our dreams.ย  What relevance does this have to the story?

***Also, you need to finish the work that went with “The Tell Tale Heart” story.

Assignments Due Friday:

  1. The paragraph about Davy Crockett to class on Friday.
  2. Your response to Wednesday’s false teaching questions (in comment section below).
  3. Make sure you bring in the answers to “The Masque of the Red Death” questions.
  4. Don’t forget to bring in the “Tell Tale Heart” worksheet.
  5. Bring your journal–beaucoup points
  6. Sing the Davy Crockett song a few times to get ready for our class recital ๐Ÿ˜‰
  7. Bring your extra credit work (if you want)

Now some text art for Tristan:


47 thoughts on “Week 7–Davy Crockett, The Second Great Awakening, and Spooky Edgar Allan Poe Stories

  1. Thank you Unfortunately Matthew will not be in school Today he has a bad stomach ache an a high Fever since yesterday, I will drop off his Homework and pick up any assignment For next week during lunch today. Please keep him in prayer for fast healing.

    Julissa Aldana ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a Blessed Day.


  2. Sing?

    Yup.If I’m graded on that, I’ll surely get a 0.00000000000000001%, if I’m lucky.

    Nah, just kidding. I’ll try my best to sing it. *clears voice* LaaAaAaAaAa *COUGH COUGH*

  3. Davy Crockett was such an important folk hero because he showed true American manly grit. He was not only a politician, a woodsman, and a tough guy, but he served our country as well. He died with dignity at the Alamo. I think he really shows what being American is all about: being tough, but serving; having a family, but donating to society. He wasn’t some sissy guy who sat around drinking tea and complaining about the world. He got up and actually did something.

  4. OOOH! I am so excited for your project I am going to assign next week!!! I wish I could tell you now, but you have to wait until Friday.

    Also, please pray for me. I have to put my cat to sleep this afternoon and I am so sad.

  5. Wednesday Questions-

    1) It saddens me to know that the church had to put up with this. People went to church wanting to learn what God had to teach them, I canโ€™t help but know that they were being robbed. Instead of being taught the word of God they had to see false prophecies being taken place and unbiblical actions. It hindered their ability to be taught the word of God.

    2) Itโ€™s important to be aware of false teaching in the church because false teaching can corrupt the whole flock of the church. This goes with the scripture, โ€A little leaven leavens the whole lump.โ€ (Galatians 5:9)

    3) 1 Timothy 4:1 says, โ€œNow the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,โ€ this applies to the situation because it is clearly taking place. What happened wasnโ€™t a sign of people getting direct communication with God but rather it was the following of deceiving spirits and the listening of things taught by demons.

  6. Wednesday questions-

    1. It makes me sad and angry to hear this. People go to church because they are looking for something to fill the emptiness inside them. God can fill that. But these different churches are teaching something that is totally unbiblical! If I were to see any of this in a church I would find it rude and inappropriate. These manifestations are just what the video says, weird and upsetting.

    2. It is necessary to be mindful of these false teachings because it can easily affect you. If you don’t read God’s word and study it yourself you can be swayed into believing these teachings. But when you read God’s word you will be able to tell whats true and whats false.

    3.This verse explains this situation perfectly. God knew this would happen so He is explaining it before hand. When people fall away from God it gives him leverage on their lives. The devil can easily reach them and change their thoughts and behaviors. As showing he already has. Changing their behaviors to act like dogs, wiggle like snakes, and laugh uncontrollably. The devil and his demons do this because they don’t want the word being taught.

  7. 1. I can’t believe churches put up with this horrible stuff. It makes me mad and sad at the same time; mad at the way they are portraying falsely the workings of my Lord. It makes me sad too because the churches that allow this are leading precious souls away, only concerned about their own entertainment and bank accounts. Its all very disgustingly selfish in my view.

    2. I think it’s important to be aware of false teachings/practices so that we ourselves are not led astray and so that we may have discernment.

    3. 1st Timothy 4:1-2 says: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” (I threw verse two in there because I think it applies very well here). I think these verses totally apply to this stuff in that people are leaving their faith for “entertainment” or what “feels right” to them. And if it’s pointing people to Jesus, but rather taking them off the straight and narrow path, it’s not of God, but then it is of our adversary the devil, who walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. 1st Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.”

    1. Sorry, Meant to put “And if its NOT pointing people to Jesus…”. Oh, and I so wish David Wilkerson would be my grandpa lol

  8. 1) It saddens me that the church has to put up with stuff like this. I thought people gone to church to learn about the Holy Spirit, not to see some guy laugh intensively at it. That’s just plain mocking it.

    2) I think it’s important to be aware of false teachings and practices and such so you can pray about it. Pray to make it true, or, a word I just made up, “un-falsify it” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    3) 1 Timothy 4:1 says (NKJ version): “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” I think this applies to this stuff because, well, it’s hard to explain, but I’ll try. It applies to this stuff because, like, the demons are representing the false prophets (not trying to be mean) and they put the deceiving spirits into other people by their (the false prophets) teaching. They (the people) departed from the Holy Spirit because of it. I had another explanation in mind, but I couldn’t type it.

    (off-topic) Also, that bird word thingy is an image. Tristan still wins with his copy and paste. ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. (1) it is definitely a frustrating thing to see that people go to church to learn about God’s word, and see a man who laughs, and laughs, and laughs; how do you think the people that came to learn about God felt, not only that, but how do you think they feel about the churches now.

    (2) It’s important to be aware of false teachings because they lead you astray. To learn something that is not true about God could cripple any person in their walk with God.

    (3) 1st Timothy 4 : 1 says “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving head to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” it applies to all of this because it says here that “some will depart from faith giving head to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” which to me means that the man who preaches will fall away from God and instead of teaching God’s word, he teaches doctrines of demons, or, in this case laugh uncontrollably.

  10. 1. I feel saddened at the fact that churches during the Second Great Awakening and churches today, put up with this. Having this false teaching called montanism in churches is not what God intended, for He is a God of order, not disorder. They have shown that they are focused on emotion, instead of spirituality.

    2. It is important to be alert, mindful, and biblically grounded, in the subject of false teachings/practices in the church. Through this, we will not be blinded by lies; we will be aware that the false teachings and practices are not of God.

    3.”Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” 1 Timothy 4:1 This verse applies to the situation we have discussed, due to the fact that today, people have departed from the faith and have turned to believe in the deceiving lies of the Devil, by giving heed to these false teachings and practices.

  11. 1. My feelings concerning the churches that are victims of false doctrine are mixed. I feel that the reasons they put up with such blasphemy is because a) they don’t know the truth, b) they are possessed, or c) they are running from God. For all who read this: it is imperative to wake up the Church and begin praying. Please, stop what you are doing and join many other brothers and sisters around the world for a word of prayer. (Matthew 7:15) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”
    2. It is imperative we see these “wolves in a sheep’s sweater” because of precisely this: you are a sheep in the field and you are with your flock and guarded by the wings of your shepherd. You can see a sheep in the distance that is near the forest. Naturally, you decide to leave the flock and want to join the other sheep, oblivious to the tell tale signs that this sheep is not friendly. The closer you get, the cruder the sheep seems. You realize that the sheep is a wolf and you turn back to your flock. Luckily, the wolf couldn’t get to you in time.
    However, a blind sheep wanders away from the flock, oblivious to the wolf. The sheep isn’t really blind, it’s just not the smartest sheep in some situations. The sheep doesn’t realize that the sheep has yellow eyes, a long nose, and sharp teeth. Sadly, the sheep gets eaten by the wolf and your flock and shepherd continue on elsewhere.
    Our sight is God. The wolf is the enemy. It is important to see because, without sight, we are blinded and end up dead. A blind fox can’t navigate through the snares without getting caught. Don’t let the enemy fool you into his trap.
    3. 1 Timothy 4:1 says, โ€œNow the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.โ€ This applies to what we have been discussing due to the fact it consists of some people leaving the faith and being deceived by demons. The mark of the enemy is the serpent; he uses that in the “montanism” culture.
    โ˜ฎ 2 Corinthians 5:7 โ˜ฎ

  12. โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ
    โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ
    โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–Œ โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–Œ โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“
    โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–Œ โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–Œ โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“
    โ™ฅ โ™ช WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? โ™ช โ™ฅ (I made it myself. HA! Take that Tristan)

  13. Oh yeah, on the “The Tell-Tale Heart” thingymijig,,do we only do the stuff on the last page or do we have to do everything that’s listed on each page? (My Predictions, interpret, evaluate, etc.)

  14. 1. It’s terrible that there are churches put up with this. They steer God’s children wrong and teach them ways that only push them further away from the Lord. It’s very sad that if they don’t repent, they’ll receive severe punishment for taking God’s people away from him.

    2. We need to be aware of practices like these from the church so we don’t end up following their false teachings. If we don’t keep an eye out for these things, we may end up walking away from the Lord.

    3. 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” It applies to this stuff because it was warning people back then about people that will try to give us false teaching and to stay away from people like them.

  15. ,โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ___________________________________โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ
    โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ _______________________________โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ _____________________________โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ
    โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ ___________________________โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ___________________________ โ–“โ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–ˆโ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–“โ–ˆ
    FIXED! Mwahaha! Success is all mine โ™ฅโ™ช

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