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Students will use close reading skills and cite text evidence to prove their case in this "Tell Tale Heart" Mock Trial. Students will read the short story "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. Then students will view a short mock trial procedure video. Next, students will be assigned roles and d
The Tell-tale Heart Mock TrialGet your students into the characters and events of "The Tell-tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe with this comprehensive Mock Trial resource! Your students will love playing their roles when you transform your classroom into a courtroom! What's included:★Detailed teacher gu
Assembled here are eight individual resources used with 8th graders to conduct a mock trial based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. For my classes, this was a major-fun!- culminating project in the 2nd trimester. However, I think it could easily be adapted to other purposes, including part
Mr. Narrator is being charged with murder after killing his neighbor due to his "evil eye." Is he truly insane, or did he know the consequences of his actions? Your students will LOVE acting as witnesses, lawyers, and master debaters in this mock trial based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tel
The People vs. Edgar Allan Poe's narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart"Print & Go activity that your students will beg to do again.Students work collaboratively to investigate details of schizophrenia and as well as the basics of pleadings of insanity within the courtroom then use this newfound knowl
Mock trials have a place for everyone to excel. Every type of learner gets a chance to be actively engaged in their role, during a mock trial. This resource is slightly unique from a "typical" mock trial because it could be used as an individual assignment. It also could be used by two partners to w
Everything to put the narrator on trial for killing the old man is provided in this. This is absolutely NO PREP after you purchase this. The only thing you need to do is assign everything! Everything you can think of is in this project! Check out the video for me scrolling through an example trial p
This is a reader's theater style exercise that allows students to practice the text evidence skills. Included within this package is a cast of characters for a courtroom themed "Reader's Theater", a courtroom vocabulary worksheet, a text evidence worksheet and a narrative writing prompt.
LA Believes grade 8 Tell-Tale Heart Unit; Put the narrator on trial for murder to really drive home the concepts of narrator's reliability, tone in text, and backing claims with text evidence!
This is a mini-unit where students hold a trial for the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" to determine whether or not he was criminally insane at the time of the murder. Assignment sheet, research document links, and rubric included. This is relevant for advanced middle school English classes.
**Make sure if you want to do both the outline AND the essay you purchase the bundle.Before assigning the lesson, make sure you have introduced argument essays and students understand how they are laid out. This source is to help outline an argument essay after they have read “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
6th - 8th
In this fun activity, students will be asked to imagine they're the crazed narrator from Tell-Tale Heart. They will have just finished their rant (the story) while testifying at their trial, but the prosecutor has more questions for you. Student responses will encourage critical thinking, close read
7th - 12th
Mock Trial DescriptionIn this assignment, the students explore the standards on arguments, rhetoric and/or persuasive techniques depending on the grade level. After learning and practicing the standards, the students will participate in an annotation of the text Tell-Tale heart, research on mental i
This lesson is a fun twist on a classic story. The activity focuses mostly on group work, allowing students to use textual evidence to support a claim about the narrator's sanity using a trial setting. There are individual elements to the lesson as well. The trial may be done over the course of one
Get students engaged with the text and put the narrator on trial for murder! This activity and graphic organizer allows students to find textual evidence to support why the narrator is guilty of murder or not guilty due to insanity. The debate will get all students actively participating and having
Is the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" sane/guilty or insane/not guilty of murder? Teachers and students both *love* the experience of debating this question, which rests on the legal definition of insanity and a close and careful reading of a beautifully complex and chilling sho
This is a 3-5 day, 2 page culminating project for "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. It is aligned to 8th grade standards, but is appropriate for grades 7-10. This project focuses on making evidence-based inferences and argumentative writing. Students are asked to determine if they find the d
This was one of my 8th graders' favorite activities we did all year. You can complete it in as little as two class periods or as long as a week. Included:- Teacher Instructions and Lesson Plan(s)- "Day Of" handout- PowerPoint with student instructions
This is a fun activity to help students analyze a classic short story and practice using logical evidence and reason in persuasive writing and speech. NOTICE that this "Insanity Plea" activity is included in the Psychotic Short Stories unit, so don't purchase both as you'd be paying twice for the s
Engage your students by conducting a mock trial while practicing close reading, citing strong and thorough textual evidence, analyzing evidence, persuasion/argumentation/debate, writing, and speaking/listening. Use this with ANY text! I used this with Poe's "The Black Cat," but you could also use th
Originally published in the October 2008 issue of Scholastic's Storyworks magazine (and later reprinted in Scope, Scholastic News, and my book, Read Aloud Plays: Classic Short Stories), this newly-revised script is true to the original text but is cleverly structured to be more appropriate for middl
A clever adaption of Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic masterpiece in a modern setting. Uniquely suitable for a wide-range of readers. Because the "beating heart" is an annoying cell phone, all your third through eighth graders will readily relate to the story. Whether reader's theater or stage production, t
4th - 8th
What better story to teach suspense than Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece, 'The Tell-Tale Heart'? This story is one of my all-time favorites and students agree. I love to teach this story in October since it fits right in with the Halloween festivities! This is a week-long unit plan designed to thorou
Middle School Masters has created a classroom-tested 10-day lesson plan aligned to the Common Core for "The Tell-Tale Heart" that includes: daily warm-ups vocabulary activities full text of story links to online annotations character analysis exit tickets figurative language analysis of the "murder

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