Writing Whiz has created a lesson plan for anyone interested in helping students gain a greater appreciation of unreliable narrators and dramatic irony -- tied into the reading of "The Tell-Tale Heart." Included are internet links for teachers to find printable copies of the original story and a play or theatrical version of "The Tell-Tale Heart." Jumping off the idea of an unreliable narrator like the madman in "The Tell-Tale Heart," I have created a lesson where students will pair with others to write their own dialogues or plays that include unreliable characters. I've included instructions, a vocabulary list, a sample or model play with somewhat unreliable characters (you can talk about degrees of unreliable), and a template for students to write their own plays.
*Link to copy of "The Tell-Tale Heart" short story
*Link to copy of "The Tell-Tale Heart" play script
*Sample play with unreliable characters
*Template for students to write plays with unreliable characters