Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories

Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
Suspense Unit: Comparing, Contrasting, and Analyzing Suspenseful Stories
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This is a unit built around the story of "The Tell-Tale Heart," by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Hitchhiker," by Lucille Fletcher. This story is laid out to be presented in a wonderful and engaging way that is certain to capture the attention of ALL students in your class.

Students will first read the story of "The Tell-Tale Heart" (link to audio version available so students can read along) where the teacher will lead an engaging discussion (Discussion Guide Included). This amazingly fun and creepy experience will be followed by the reading of the drama "The Hitchhiker," by Lucille Fletcher. There is flexibility as to how you want to engage your students in this story (I assign students to play the roll of each certain characters and post reading, require my students tackle some designated comprehension questions). After both stories, a comparative essay will be constructed by your students. I have included a comparative language chart, venn diagram, as well as a writing template for students to follow (based on the support you feel they need). I have also included a color coded completed version of the essay which can be used as an example to introduce the assignment, OR could be used post-essay for remediation purposes. This essay will require students to compare and contrast texts of different genres.

Students, in this lesson, then use "The Hitchhiker" to do a triple comparison of drama vs. film vs. radio play. Students have already read the story. They will now listen to the original radio play and watch the film version. Links are provided for all resources. A final triple comparison can be made between the three works. A triple venn diagram is provided, as well as an essay template is provided to assist your students (if needed). The essays templates are also a wonderful support/structure for IEP students who require more assistance and guidance. Finally, I have included a color coded final essay which can be used pre or post teaching to serve as an example or to help with remediation. This assignment has students compare and contrast the experience of listening, versus watching, versus simply reading.

This is truly one of my favorite units to teach and my students LOVE it!

Learning Targets are also included for this lesson.

INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT:

• Teacher Guide
• Links and/or copies to all needed resources
• Guided Discussion Questions for "The Tell Tale Heart"
• Labeled Venn Diagrams for Comparative Works (double and triple)
• Essay Templates - For each comparative essay complete with tips and rubrics
• Color coded example essay for BOTH essays in this packet (could be used before essay as an example or provided to students after essay for remediation purposes)
• Comparative Language Chart
• Learning Targets
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