Reading students recently worked as detectives in Mrs. Amber Proffitt's seventh grade class at Walton Middle School.  Students closely and carefully read a set of texts for evidence regarding how Edgar Allen Poe died.  Through this CSI-style lesson, students investigated Poe's childhood, military years, writing career, and his death.  Students used their investigative reasoning skills to formulate a theory about Poe's mysterious demise.  The historical lesson was intriguing and challenging--an ideal combination for engagement and learning.