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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.