The Tell-Tale Heart Worksheets and Activities

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7th - 9th, Homeschool
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  1. Engage your middle school Language Arts classes with these spooky short stories! Students will learn about suspense, foreshadowing, characterization, satire and more with these fun Halloween lessons! Short stories include "A Ghost Story" by Mark Twain, "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "
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Edgar Allan Poe's classic and haunting short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," is the perfect tale to teach students about symbolism in literature, imagery, figurative language, and more! Students will learn how to annotate both informational and fictional texts as they study Poe and his masterful story of suspense!

These activities are wonderful for engaging students in ELA content! I love to use these resources around Halloween to channel students' holiday excitement into great learning!

Two engaging and instructional Slides Presentations are included to teach students how to annotate a text and to introduce students to the short story and the literary devices they will encounter in "The Tell-Tale Heart." Multiple student assignments are included with Answer Keys!

What's Included in The Tell-Tale Heart Lesson?

  • Two Engaging Instructional Slides Presentations (Over 50 Slides!)
  • Biography of Edgar Allan Poe Student Annotation Practice
  • Annotation Practice for "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Tell-Tale Heart" Student Assignment (symbolism, imagery, figurative language, and point-of-view)
  • Answer Keys!
  • Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Detail Lesson Plan
  • Instructions for Accessing Slides Presentations

ELA Content Taught and Reviewed:

  • How to Annotate a Text
  • Symbolism in Literature
  • Imagery in Literature (visual and auditory)
  • Figurative Language (similes and metaphors)
  • Point-of-View in Literature
  • Informational Text Reading
  • Short Story Reading
  • The Elements of Fiction Mood
  • Suspense

More Spooky & Suspenseful Short Stories:

"A Ghost Story" by Mark Twain: Satire & Suspense"

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving: Worksheets & Activities

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.


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