Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart ~ Close Reading

Tori Allred
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With so many resources for The Tell-Tale Heart available, what makes this resource perfect? It is a capsule of everything you will need!

The goal of this unit is to introduce students to three elements of style that contribute to mood: Word Choice, Structure and Punctuation. Smaller topics include tone and Irony.

This Resource Includes:

  • Full Text with Marginal Questions for independent reading
  • 22 in text vocabulary words
  • Culminating Activities - Movie Poster Project
  • Cornell Notes sheet
  • Essay Prompt and TDA Prompt
  • Pre-reading vocabulary assessment
  • Summarizing and Paraphrasing Passages from Milton's Meltzer's biography

Implementation Suggestions: my students read in small groups in class as I float between them to ensure they are on track and understand the reading. That being said, this resource is perfect for a flipped classroom arrangement that allows for students to read independently and bring discussion into the classroom the following day!

Total Pages
13 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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