Author Study: Edgar Allan Poe
Learn more about American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe. Includes full-text versions of his stories and poems, plus information about his life. There are lesson plans and suggested classroom activities. Includes an eThemes resource on the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
PBS: Producing Edgar Allen Poe Challenge
This is a lesson plan challenging students to decide how they would adapt the short story "The Tale-Tell Heart" into a play. Each group can also write and perform at least one scene. This lesson can be adapted for older students.
The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore
Explore the links to learn more about Poe and to read letters written to him and by him. Click on "Works" to read his poems and tales. Other links lead to descriptions of his house and grave.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Read a teacher's tips for helping students distinguish between Poe and the narrators in his stories. There is also a suggestion that teachers help students understand what was going on during the time period that Poe wrote his stories.
This interactive site has a lot of information about the author, plus games and interactive maps relating to his life and works. NOTE: This site is for older students and includes external links to sites that have discussion boards.
The Humor of Edgar Allan Poe
This essay is about the humor and satire in Poe's writing. Includes links to the full text of some of his works.
Success Link: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
This lesson plan has students work in groups for activities relating to "The Raven."
Meet You at the Movies
This one-page PDF file has an activity that challenges students to plan a film version of "Annabel Lee" or "Eldorado."
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
This museum site includes a biography of his life and samples of some of his works. There is also an online quiz.
This 34-page PDF file has information about the American Gothic genre. There are several biographies of Gothic writers and good background information on what was taking place in America in the early 19th century.
Edgar Allan Poe
Click on "Teacher's Handbook" for a 58-page PDF file. This handbook has a biography and a time line.
Tales of Mood and Mystery
Read a description of the Gothic genre. Click on "Influences" and "Classifications" to understand how this genre relates to others.
The Edgar Allen Poe Digital Collection
This digital archive incorporates images of Poe's manuscripts, letters, portraits, newspaper articles, and more.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe
Here are web resources about the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe. There are study questions, background information, an audio recoding of the story, and a quiz. Included is an eThemes resource about the author.