Tell-Tale Heart (test; essay questions; detailed answer key)

Tell-Tale Heart (test; essay questions; detailed answer key)
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Tell-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe


➢ 26 multiple-choice questions and answers. This is in the unit itself and a separate PDF.

➢ Six essay questions WITH DETAILED TEACHER NOTES - two pages of suggested answers. These questions vary as to difficulty and are aligned with the Common Core Standards listed below.

➢ A PDF copy of the Tell-Tale Heart with paragraph numbers and stunning images.

➢ This unit allows for differentiated learning; some students may be more comfortable with the questions that focus on the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (remembering/ comprehension and simple applications/understanding), whereas other questions provide students the opportunity to focus on higher levels (analysis and evaluation).

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Common Core Standards covered:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1; 9-10.1; 11-12.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4; 9-10.4 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.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1: W 11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2: 11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

I teach THE TELL-TALE HEART as a TEXTURE TEXT or a CONTEXT TEXT usually alongside THE REPUBLIC. It is an excellent story to use when studying philosophical concepts including, but not limited to, the following: morality, ethics, insanity, and justice.

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keywords: differentiated learning; Bloom’s Taxonomy; The Tell-Tale Heart; CCSS; ELA; Edgar Allan Poe; political philosophy; ethics; justice

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12 + (AND test as PDF + story itself)
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