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Tell Tale Heart Activities | Differentiated Close Reading

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Meet the needs of ALL students with this differentiated close reading for Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell Tale Heart”. Using this resource, your students will have an opportunity to analyze and understand Poe's use of tone and mood! The close reading passages allow you to concurrently instruct at all levels of student proficiency. Each close reading is standards aligned and provides an objective, skill focus, and text-based questioning.

This resource can be completed on paper or online with laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or any device that supports Google Slides. The included Teacher's Guide includes access to the link that will allow you to make your own copy of the resource for use in Google Classroom/Google Drive.

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  • Teacher's Guide: The Teacher's Guide includes helpful tips for implementing the lesson. Common Core standards that align with this lesson are also listed.

  • Advanced Close Read: Students complete three readings of the "Tell Tale Heart" text. The first reading is done independently, using symbols for active reading. The second reading is completed with a partner. Students work with vocabulary, identifying meaning using context. The final reading of the text focuses on tone and mood, requiring students to highlight words and phrases that contribute to both.

  • Intermediate Close Read: The intermediate close reading is set up much like the advanced, but the "Tell Tale Heart" excerpt is shorter and contains a picture. The active reading symbols are included, and a cloze paragraph is provided for the text-based question.

  • Emerging Close Read: The emerging close reading further scaffolds the lesson. The active reading symbols are provided, vocabulary is bolded, and students are required to write a one-sentence summary based on the "Tell Tale Heart" excerpt provided.

  • Answer Keys: Student answers will vary throughout each of the close readings, but possible answers have been included for use as a reference or if a substitute is completing the lesson with your students.

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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

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