Unsolved Cases:

The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

The Unsolved Mystery of the Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Essential Question: What is most important in this text? How can I tell? What questions should I ask about the text?

Enduring Understanding: Accomplished researchers employ strategies to help them research information.



Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.


Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Assessment: Write a persuasive argument explaining the most convincing theory of how Edgar Allan Poe died at the age of forty.