This ZIP file contains a CCSS aligned unit on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe. All files comes in three formats: PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint or Word, and iWork Pages and Keynote. It is also a complete differentiated unit that allows you to easily customize a lesson to fit the needs of all your students.
The following items are included in this file:
1. Play version of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"-This play is written in a more modern language that makes it easier for students to understand than the full text of Poe's short story.
2. Pop Quiz for Scenes 1-5 of the play.
3. There are three vocabulary options in this file that can help you meet the needs of all your students and provide easy differentiation in your classroom. (You do not have to complete EVERY worksheet in this file....you pick the ones that will best meet your students’ needs!)
Option 1: Vocabulary Foldable- This vocabulary activity can be used for lower level students. Students will create foldable that contains the vocabulary term, definition from the dictionary, and the definition in their own words (There is a vocabulary Smart board presentation in this file with step-by-step instructions to create the foldable).
Option 2: Vocabulary Chart- This vocabulary option can be used for lower-average students. The chart contains a definition from the dictionary, definition in their own words, and a picture to associate with the vocabulary terms. There is a Teacher Model (I DO) and Partner Practice (WE DO) included on the chart.
Option 3: Probable Passage-This vocabulary activity can be used for average-higher level students. Students are given several words from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and must categorize those words into different elements of the plot. Based upon how they categorize the words, students will make a prediction on what they think will happen in the story. There is also a spot for student to write down “to discover” questions that they want to learn from the story.
4. There are several During and After Reading options in this file that can help you meet the needs of all your students and provide easy differentiation in your classroom. (You do not have to complete EVERY worksheet in this file....you pick the ones that will best meet your students’ needs!)
Option 1: During Reading Prediction T Chart- Since this is a great story to make predictions as you read, this T Chart will allow you to determine several stopping points in the story to have students predict what they will happen next on the left side of the chart. After reading the next section, student can record what actually happened on the right side of the chart.
Option 2: During/After Reading Detective Log- This detective log can be used during and after reading. The front page of the detective log contains six different guiding questions/topics for students to record evidence as they are reading the story. After students have read Scene 9 in the play, they can stop and create a theory on who the killer is using the evidence they have gathered to support their position. Once you have completed reading the story, students have a series of questions to answer to check their theories.
Option 3: After Reading Plot Diagram-This diagram is designed for students to identify the different plot elements in the story. It is a great activity for visual learners.
Option 4: After Reading Story Elements Chart-This chart asks students several questions to answer regarding the story elements. A teacher model (I DO) is also included for this activity.