This PDF includes two short biographies for Edgar Allan Poe. The first is on a 10th grade reading level, and the other is on a 7th grade reading level.
I designed this for an 11th grade class that had many struggling readers (and ESOL students) who needed differentiated assignments.
Biography 1 is two pages in length and has guided reading questions that include both multiple choice and short answer. It also asks students to sequence the events by writing them on a timeline.
Biography 2 is on page in length and asks students 4 guided reading questions. Both took my classes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
If you teach middle school, the 1st biography can be used with your honors class, and the second one can be used with your college prep class.