Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Bundle: Close Reading Units & Task Cards

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Are you looking for short story resources that will pique your students’ interest and encourage their curiosity? Look no further than the "Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Bundle". This growing bundle includes 7 resources that can be used to teach 4 of Poe's classic short stories: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and "The Black Cat". This download include directions and a link to Dropbox that will allow you to download all 7 resources to your personal Dropbox or computer.

Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story. This will help students tackle complex texts with ease. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, and teacher tips is included in this download.

Product #1: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit

This five day unit contains CCSS aligned activities that are completely differentiated to meet the needs of ALL your students. This unit contains everything that you need to successfully teach the concepts of main ideas, objective summaries, and mood to your students. Each resources comes in three versions that are compatible with any computer program you may have for easy customization.

This resource covers the following Common Core
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.2

The following products are included in this unit:

Activities for Lower Level Students

• Identifying Mood in Print and Non Print Texts

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" First Read Worksheet: Main Ideas and Objective Summary

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Second Read Worksheet: Mood

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Revision Worksheets: REDO A and REDO B

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Extension Writing Activity

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Assessments:


Activities for Regular-Higher Level Students

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Worksheet

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Revision Worksheets

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart: Mood Extensions Writing Activity

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Assessments

Teacher models, rubric and answer keys are also provided along with a document that contains links to video clips and other resources that will supplement this unit.

In addition, there is also a daily explanation of how to use the resources that have been provided in this product.


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Product #2: “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit

This ZIP file contains a CCSS aligned unit on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe. All files comes in three formats: PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint or Word, and iWork Pages and Keynote. It is also a complete differentiated unit that allows you to easily customize a lesson to fit the needs of all your students.

The following items are included in this file:

1. Play version of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"-This play is written in a more modern language that makes it easier for students to understand than the full text of Poe's short story.

2. Pop Quiz for Scenes 1-5 of the play.

3. There are three vocabulary options in this file that can help you meet the needs of all your students and provide easy differentiation in your classroom. (You do not have to complete EVERY worksheet in this file....you pick the ones that will best meet your students’ needs!)

Option 1: Vocabulary Foldable- This vocabulary activity can be used for lower level students. Students will create foldable that contains the vocabulary term, definition from the dictionary, and the definition in their own words (There is a vocabulary Smart board presentation in this file with step-by-step instructions to create the foldable).

Option 2: Vocabulary Chart- This vocabulary option can be used for lower-average students. The chart contains a definition from the dictionary, definition in their own words, and a picture to associate with the vocabulary terms. There is a Teacher Model (I DO) and Partner Practice (WE DO) included on the chart.

Option 3: Probable Passage-This vocabulary activity can be used for average-higher level students. Students are given several words from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and must categorize those words into different elements of the plot. Based upon how they categorize the words, students will make a prediction on what they think will happen in the story. There is also a spot for student to write down “to discover” questions that they want to learn from the story.

4. There are several During and After Reading options in this file that can help you meet the needs of all your students and provide easy differentiation in your classroom. (You do not have to complete EVERY worksheet in this file....you pick the ones that will best meet your students’ needs!)

Option 1: During Reading Prediction T Chart- Since this is a great story to make predictions as you read, this T Chart will allow you to determine several stopping points in the story to have students predict what they will happen next on the left side of the chart. After reading the next section, student can record what actually happened on the right side of the chart.

Option 2: During/After Reading Detective Log- This detective log can be used during and after reading. The front page of the detective log contains six different guiding questions/topics for students to record evidence as they are reading the story. After students have read Scene 9 in the play, they can stop and create a theory on who the killer is using the evidence they have gathered to support their position. Once you have completed reading the story, students have a series of questions to answer to check their theories.

Option 3: After Reading Plot Diagram-This diagram is designed for students to identify the different plot elements in the story. It is a great activity for visual learners.

Option 4: After Reading Story Elements Chart-This chart asks students several questions to answer regarding the story elements. A teacher model (I DO) is also included for this activity.

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Product #3: “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit

"The Cask of Amontillado" unit includes several activities that meet a variety of ELA CCSS. There are pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities that include some differentiated material and teacher models. All files comes in three versions: PDF, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, and iWork Pages and Keynote.

The following files are included in this unit:

1. Student and Teacher Annotated Versions of the Story Text

2. Vocabulary Activity: Students will use context clues from the story to make inferences about what vocabulary words mean.

3. During Reading Graffiti Wall: Students can use this graffiti wall to take notes while reading/listening to the short story.

4. Identifying Story Elements Activity: Students will answer a series of questions to identify various story elements.

5. Sequencing Activity: This can be used as an intervention for students who have difficulty understanding the story. There are two differentiated charts available.

6. Analyzing Dramatic Irony: Students will answer a variety of constructed response questions to analyze how dramatic irony shapes the story.

7. Teacher Models are included using "The Tell-Tale Heart"

8. Warm-up Questions and Self Reflection Questions are included in this product for each day.

9. Three separate presentations are included to help guide the lessons each day.

Are your students tired of those boring worksheet questions and activities that are usually completed when reading a short story? This product is just the solution to break up the monotony of normal class assignments and captivate students’ attention. Introduce your students to the thrilling tales of Edgar Allan Poe such as "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", and "The Cask of Amontillado". Each product in this bundle contains thirty-six rigorous and engaging tasks that require students to not only think critically when interacting with the text, but also allows them to tap into their creativity. That's a total of 108 task cards!

Students will LOVE the variety of ways that they can create products and written responses to demonstrate their understanding of this classic short story. Teachers will love that these task cards contain tasks that address all the Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature and that each task comes equipped with a list of clear and specific criteria for success. In addition, there are also EDITABLE blank criteria slides and a blank template that allows you to customize the criteria for success to meet the specific needs of your students.

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☞ ☞ Product #4: "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

☞ ☞ Product #5: "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

☞ ☞ Product #6: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

☞ ☞ Product #: "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
• All Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature 6th-8th Grade

The following files are included in this download:

“The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards: This file contains the PDF and PowerPoint version of this product. There are 36 different tasks includes in each product. Each task comes with two options for criteria: Option #1-Specific criteria has been included for the task that will allow students to know their expectations and be able to self-assess their product or response. Option#2-This is a blank card that allows you to modify or create your own criteria for success to best fit the needs of your students.

The following skills/tasks are included in this product:

☞ Task #1- Author’s Purpose
☞ Task #2- Central Idea
☞ Task #3- Theme
☞ Task #4- Characterization
☞ Task #5- Point of View
☞ Task #6- Time Period
☞ Task #7- Real Life Influences
☞ Task #8- Figurative Language
☞ Task #9- Conflict/Resolution
☞ Task #10- Setting
☞ Task #11- Theme & Development
☞ Task #12- Painting a Picture
☞ Task #13- Plot
☞ Task #14- Objective Summary
☞ Task #15- Compare and Contrast
☞ Task #16- Context Clues
☞ Task #17- Movie Poster
☞ Task #18- Be A Critic
☞ Task #19- Picture It
☞ Task #20- Interview the Author
☞ Task #21- Interview a Character
☞ Task #22- Comic Book
☞ Task #23- Instagram
☞ Task #24- Facebook
☞ Task #25- Twitter Feed
☞ Task #26- Trading Places
☞ Task #27- Likes/Dislikes
☞ Task #28- Rewrite
☞ Task #29- Prequel
☞ Task #30- Sequel
☞ Task #31- Diary of a Character
☞ Task #32- Cover Artist
☞ Task #33- Dear Abby
☞ Task #34- Music to My Ears
☞ Task #35- Morning Announcements
☞ Task #36- Word Cloud Collage

•••It would be a great idea to laminate these task cards for durability or so that students can use a dry erase marker to check off the criteria while they are self-assessing their work.

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Created by Stephanie M. Icenogle, The Creative Classroom © 2016
All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.


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