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Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism

Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism
Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism
Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism
Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism
Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism
Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart" -- Teaching Unreliable Narrator, Symbolism
Product Description
This two-day lesson plan dives headfirst into the erratic world of a narrator, who claims he is not a madman. Throughout the first day of the lesson, you help your students discover that Poe's narrator may not be reliable after all, while making connections to your students' lives and relationships. Different methods of reading the story are employed, and a Partner Reading Guide is included to help students pause and discuss while continuing throughout the short story.

During the second day of the lesson, students engage in a discussion and activity regarding common, visual symbols. Slowly, they are pushed toward thinking of more abstract symbols, using examples that many students would be familiar with, and then asking that students think of their own examples of symbols in literature. Finally, they turn to the piece again and discuss one of the more obvious symbols and then one not-so-obvious symbol in the text.

This product includes:
**An author biography
**Vocabulary terms and definitions
**Scripts for both days of class
**A handout
**Pictures of common symbols
**A brief description of a writing assignment you can use to check for concept understanding.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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