I teach at an alternative high school for low income, high risk boys. The exercise can double as a reading exercise as well as a structured writing assignment. It consist of two theories of how Poe possibly died. It provides quotations and evidence for students to use in a classroom discussion/debate. Since my students do not write regularly and need structural support to write their paragraphs, I provided lead statements for them to complete to support their persuasive paragraph. it is designed for either middle school students or low level writers.