Use this 11-question “The Tell-Tale Heart” Quick Quiz to check for comprehension and to hold students accountable for reading the short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
I call it a Quick Quiz rather than a Pop Quiz to avoid the negative connotation associated with pop quizzes. Also, I tell my students at the beginning of the year that, although I don’t give a Quick Quiz after every reading assignment, they should read with the expectation that I will. Doing so has significantly decreased the number of students who come to class having not read the assigned text for homework. By referring to it as “quick,” rather than “pop,” students are reminded that this short quiz is only to give them the opportunity to show me that they read the story, and not to stress over it! The implementation of this expectation has worked wonders in my class, and I think it will for yours, too!