Before reading The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, students complete this pre-reading powerpoint lesson. Working with a partner, they use clues (title and image) to predict what the story will be about. Next, they sort through 17 words and pick 10 they think will be in the story. They narrow the 10 to 3 and justify why they are the key words. Finally, they write a prediction paragraph about the story using 5 chosen words. These can be shared with the class. The last activity is to write 10 sentences using 10 key vocabulary words (definitions provided). This can be assigned for homework.