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Tell-Tale Heart by Poe. Adapted Close Read Halloween Fun. ESL Beginner Unit.

Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Activity
27 pages
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This bright, colorful and fun adapted text version of The Tell-Tale Heart makes Poe's classic accessible to ESL and ENL beginners and newcomers. The unit includes 5-days of lesson plans, based around an initial and then close read of the text. Please open up the preview for details to make sure the text is right for your classroom -- it will be a challenge for your ELLs, but hopefully worth it.

It is easily set up for DISTANCE LEARNING on TPT Digital, shared via Google Classroom. The PDF also prints out for in class instruction for your ELLs.

Unit includes:

  • An illustrated adapted text of The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe. The reading level has been vastly reduced, while maintaining the unique flavor of this beloved classic.
  • Vocabulary preview.
  • Close-read directions.
  • ELA direction on repetition, quoting, paragraph writing, explaining words, narrators and more.
  • Quiz and vocabulary-based sentence writing activity.
  • Personal-writing handout.
  • Writing-about-literature handouts, focusing on using text evidence to explain what makes the narrator unreliable.
  • A timeline graphic organizer.
  • A grid for graphical storytelling.
  • A setting grid.
  • Two 3D make-your-own pumpkin activities.
  • A giant vocabulary word search.
  • Lesson plans, with standards.

This is a great way to introduce your students to a classic they will never forget!

It also pairs with a higher level, but still adapted version of the same text with parallel activities so you can differentiate in the classroom. Simply pick up the bundle with both versions.

Great materials for your ELLs:

Be sure to check out my Halloween products for nonfiction, an original short story, plus the classic "The Monkey's Paw". They are all for beginner ESL students, and there is a great value bundle containing the whole lot of them. If you're looking for fun activities, nonfiction, a short story for Christmas ("The Little Match Girl") and the New Year, take a look at my Christmas and New Year materials. I also have a series of short stories that will engage your students at any time, while teaching grammar and vocab. Enjoy browsing, and have fun teaching!

Total Pages
27 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.


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