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The Amazing Life
of Edgar Allan Poe

Great for author study and building listening skills!

Poor Poe. He was a great writer, but the guy never had two pennies to rub together. Then there was the drinking, the depression, the tragic death of his beloved wife—and his own mysterious demise. Despite everything, of course, Poe became a literary superstar, famous for his macabre short stories and poems.

Check out our super-fun video all about Poe. Show it to your students before they read our play adaptation of “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Then use the following questions for class discussion or as short-answer writing prompts:

1. What was Poe’s life like? Provide some examples to support your answer.
2. What kind of stories and poems is Poe best known for?
3. What was the name of the poem that made Poe famous?



Note: We recommend loading this video before your class begins, to avoid buffering pauses—especially if you have a slow Internet connection.
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