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Use “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe to teach your students the elements of literary analysis, get them thinking deeply about the gothic short story’s text, and provide opportunities for real-world connections to this grisly story via a high-interest informational text/article about a criminal’s successful use of the “not guilty by reason of insanity” defense. This two-day lesson includes step-by-step suggestion procedures (great to leave for a sub), a beautifully illustrated copy of the story, a 10-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and a real-world informational text activity to engage and challenge your students. As a bonus, also included is a 16-minute high-quality audio version of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and an 8-minute classic animation of the story (links included).
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