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Grades (K-5)

Poe Children’s Book List

  • Enjoy this list of 19 Poe-inspired books. Appropriate for ages one and up.

Junior Detective Activity from the National Park Service

  • Use detective skills to find clues and learn about the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe

Knowing Poe: The Literature, Life, and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

  • In addition to interactive experiences, this site includes lesson plans, primary source documents, links for further research, and materials for fun family activities related to Edgar Allan Poe. Courtesy of Maryland Public Television.

Reader’s Theatre: The Tell-Tale Heart (3rd-8th grades)

  • A clever adaption of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic masterpiece in a modern setting. Uniquely suitable for a wide-range of readers. Because the “beating heart” is an annoying cell phone, students will readily relate to the story.

Grades (6-12)

The Big Read Reader’s Guide: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

  • The national Big Read site for the 2015-2016 Big Read Topic: Edgar Allan Poe.  Contains extensive background information on Poe; an audio guide entitled “The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe”; and both reader’s and teacher’s guides, complete with links to supplementary resources. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.
  • The Big Read Reader’s Guide (En Español)

Learn NC: “The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe”

  • For teachers, parents, students, and others looking for middle-school resources on Poe, the Learn NC site provides an eighth-grade unit plan about the author.  The page provides links to resources and graphic organizers, a list of activities, suggestions for assessment, and ideas for optional assignments. (8 hours of instruction.)

Knowing Poe: The Literature, Life, and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

  • In addition to interactive experiences, this site includes lesson plans, primary source documents, links for further research, and materials for fun family activities related to Edgar Allan Poe. Courtesy of Maryland Public Television.

Activity: A Song for Annabel Lee

  • Initially hosted as a competition by ProjectEd, this creative exploration of Poe encourages students to recite, sing, or rap the original verses from “Annabel Lee” in a rhythm that will make listeners want to hear it over and over again. While the competition is closed, this project easily translates into an exciting, creative classroom activity.

Poe on the Short Story

  • This page lists Poe’s criteria for a successful short story, with expanded definitions.  A useful resource for examining, discussing, and evaluating the elements in any short story.  This resource will help high school teachers design curricula on Poe and the short story in general.  It will also help all readers understand how and why Poe structured his stories in the way he did, and debate whether Poe’s criteria are still applicable in modern short fiction.

English Language Learners

For students of English as a second language: Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller (PDF)

  • Seven of Poe’s stories gathered and slightly edited for advanced English language learners: “The Mask of the Red Death,” “The Story of William Wilson,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Black Cat,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado.”