This is an informational text developed to help middle school students understand Poe's biographical details and his impact on modern American literature. It is very concise and can be used in a time-strained situation.
An easy but relevant activity that can be done with this nonfiction piece could be as follows:
Assign this single-page piece after reading and analyzing one of Poe's poems or stories. Students can use my Tone Graphic Organizer to help them analyze the literature selection. Finally, students can write a well-developed paragraph or brief essay in which they analyze how Poe's life did or did not influence the literature selection.