Edgar Allen Poe Author Study

 “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”

- Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe has been called the father of the horror story and the master of the macabre. Although well known for his short stories, Poe was also an accomplished poet. As you will learn during the course of this author study, Poe’s often troubling life shaped much of his writing.


Anticipatory Activity- On November 10, 2009, students had the opportunity to view Edgar Allan Poe LIVE at John F. Kennedy.  Students viewed an online performance of 5 works of Poe performed by Traveling Jones Theater.  As a follow up to this performance, students will participate in an author study of Edgar Allan Poe.  See below for the readings and activities that we will study over the next week. (November 17-20, 2009)

Activity One: Summary and Critique of live performance.

Due 11/16/09

Write a 3 paragraph summary of the performance of Edgar Allan Poe Live using the following questions as a guide.

Click here for your notes on summary and critiques and the assignment directions.

Activity Two: Exploration into Poe’s Life

Due 11/17/09

Navigate through the website and complete the following scavenger hunt activity.


Poe Museum

Poe Chronology

Activity Three:  Works by Poe

Due 11/18/09

As we read Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart and Annabel Lee consider the following questions:

-Who was Edgar Allan Poe?

– How big a part of his life was filled with sickness and death?

– What themes from his life are evident in his work?

– How does Poe create mood in his writing?

As we read the Tell Tale Heart, use the icons to the left to make notes in the margins, ask questions or add your own thoughts about what we are reading. Actively involving yourself in the text and making annotations will help you understand and analyze Poe’s works  easier.

Complete the comparison chart for the two works by Poe.

Click here for your Poe Questions due on 11/20/09

Activity Four:  Tiered Assignment

Due: 11/20/09

1- Interview Poe about his Life and works (Bodily/Kinesthetic)

(2 members per group)- One member of the group will become “Poe” while the other member will become the “Interviewer” from a local news station or a celebrity show such as “EXTRA”.  Act out an interview of Edgar Allan Poe using information about Poe’s life and the two works we read in class. The interview should be 5 minutes in length.

Click here for Sample Interview Questions

Click here for Interview’s Rubric.

2-Story Picture Web of Tell-Tale Heart and Annabel Lee (Visual/Spatial)

Create a giant story picture web that analyzes each of the story elements used in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “Annabel Lee”.  The web should use pictures ONLY that represent the different story elements within the short story and narrative poem above.

Click here for Story Web guidelines.

Click here for the Story Web Rubric.

3- Power Point Presentation-(Verbal/Linguistic)

Now that you have read  the two works of Poe from Activity 3, analyze them as indicated in the Poe Project Template listed below. Click on the Power Point icon and save the template to your “My Documents” folder. Once you have saved it, navigate to your “My Documents” folder and open the file. You may change the color scheme and add any animation that you would like to enhance your presentations, but you cannot alter the content – unless you are adding to it. The minimum requirements are outlined on each slide.  When completed, print out your presentation  to submit for your grade.

Click here for your PowerPoint template.

Click here for your Rubric.