Students love "The Tell-Tale Heart," but they struggle with the vocabulary. By pre-teaching some of the most important words before reading the story, students will be less confused by Poe's language. This BRIEF activity introduce students to nine words they need to know. However, rather than looking all of them up and defining them--which results in ZERO transer--students will examine the words in context and annotate for context clues prior to using a dictionary entry (provided for them) to distinguish between meanings. Then, they will create a Frayer Model to make sure they have in-depth understanding of the words before they read.
Best of all, as the teacher, you will only model with ONE word. Then, each small group of students will determine the meaning and create the Frayer model for only ONE word each. Then THEY will teach the word to their peers. This is a great activity to reinforce multiple vocabulary standards!