Edgar Allan Poe
Lesson plans, biography, and teaching resources

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Lesson Plans for Specific Works
Biography and Background"Ligeia"
"Annabel Lee""The Masque of the Red Death"
"The Bells""The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
"The Black Cat""The Pit and the Pendulum"
"The Cask of Amontillado" Poetry
"The Fall of the House of Usher""The Purloined Letter"
"The Gold Bug""The Raven"
"Hop-Frog""The Tell-Tale Heart"

"The Gold Bug"

"The Gold Bug"
Text of the story.


Text of the story.


Introduction and text of the story. Story is available in both PDF and Google Docs format.

"The Masque of the Red Death"

New 9/26Click here: these lesson plans are on a separate page.

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
Text of the story.

"The Pit and the Pendulum"

Click here: these lesson plans are on a separate page.

"The Purloined Letter"

"The Purloined Letter"
Text of the story.

Poetic Justice: A Study of Poe's Famous Works
Students work with "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Purloined Letter," "The Tell-Tale Heart," a little geometry, and a brief discussion of the Fourth Amendment. This unit plan is designed for 7th grade and requires Adobe Readers or compatible application for access.

"The Raven"

Click here for lesson plans on "The Raven."

"The Tell-Tale Heart"

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Text of the poem, background, and analysis.

New 10/5"Annabel Lee"
Questions for discussion/analysis, writing, audio file of the poem, more.

New 10/5"The Bells"
Practice with alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, more.

"A Dream Within a Dream"
In this video, contestant Daniel Troxell recites the poem as part of the Poetry Out Loud competition.

Figurative Language of Edgar Allan Poe
Printable handout with 10 quotations drawn from stories and poems. Students identify metaphor, simile, personification, or hyperbole. Requires word processor or Adobe Reader; includes answers.

The best poem Poe didn't write, "Leonainie" is a literary hoax perpetrated by Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. This page details the poem and the plan. If Riley could write like Poe, couldn't your students, too? A great way to analyze essential elements of Poe's style.

Edgar Allan Poe Poetry Readers Theater
A fun project that serves as a good introduction to both Readers Theater and four poems by Poe: "The Raven," "The Bells," "Eldorado," and "Annabel Lee."

"The Raven"
Lesson plans and teaching resources for this poem.

Repeat After Us
Audio files of "Annabel Lee," "Eldorado," "Sonnet - To Science," "The City in the Sea," "The Raven," "To Helen." A good site for LD students, ELL students, and for those who read well and might like to record and contribute. Files are in alphabetical order by poet; scroll down.

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