"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe Bundle Close Reading Unit & Task Cards

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Are you looking for a short story that will pique your students’ interest and encourage their curiosity? Look no further than “The Tell-Tale Heart” Bundle by Edgar Allan Poe. This engaging and rigorous bundle includes both the “The Tell-Tale Heart” Unit and ”The Tell-Tale Heart” CCSS Aligned Task Cards that can be used to create learning stations. This resource is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this timeless short story. Students will LOVE that they are in control of deciding the resolution to this short story. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story. This will help students tackle complex texts with ease. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, and teacher tips is included in this download.

Product #1: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit

This five day unit contains CCSS aligned activities that are completely differentiated to meet the needs of ALL your students. This unit contains everything that you need to successfully teach the concepts of main ideas, objective summaries, and mood to your students. Each resources comes in three versions that are compatible with any computer program you may have for easy customization.

This resource covers the following Common Core
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.2

The following products are included in this unit:

Activities for Lower Level Students

• Identifying Mood in Print and Non Print Texts

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" First Read Worksheet: Main Ideas and Objective Summary

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Second Read Worksheet: Mood

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Revision Worksheets: REDO A and REDO B

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Extension Writing Activity

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Assessments:

Activities for Regular-Higher Level Students

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Worksheet

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Revision Worksheets

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart: Mood Extensions Writing Activity

• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Assessments

Teacher models, rubric and answer keys are also provided along with a document that contains links to video clips and other resources that will supplement this unit.

In addition, there is also a daily explanation of how to use the resources that have been provided in this product.


Product#2- “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards contains thirty-six rigorous and engaging tasks that require students to not only think critically when interacting with the text, but also allows them to tap into their creativity. Students will LOVE the variety of ways that they can create products and written responses to demonstrate their understanding of this classic short story. Teachers will love that these task cards contain tasks that address all the Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature and that each task comes equipped with a list of clear and specific criteria for success. In addition, there are also blank criteria slides that allow you to customize the criteria for success to meet the specific needs of your students

☞ ☞ This resource covers the following Common Core
• All Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature 6th-8th Grade

The following files are included in this download:

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards: This file contains the PDF and PowerPoint version of this product. There are 36 different tasks includes in this product. Each task comes with two options for criteria: Option #1-Specific criteria has been included for the task that will allow students to know their expectations and be able to self-assess their product or response. Option#2-This is a blank card that allows you to modify or create your own criteria for success to best fit the needs of your students.

The following skills/tasks are included in this product:

☞ Task #1- Author’s Purpose
☞ Task #2- Central Idea
☞ Task #3- Theme
☞ Task #4- Characterization
☞ Task #5- Point of View
☞ Task #6- Time Period
☞ Task #7- Real Life Influences
☞ Task #8- Figurative Language
☞ Task #9- Conflict/Resolution
☞ Task #10- Setting
☞ Task #11- Theme & Development
☞ Task #12- Painting a Picture
☞ Task #13- Plot
☞ Task #14- Objective Summary
☞ Task #15- Compare and Contrast
☞ Task #16- Context Clues
☞ Task #17- Movie Poster
☞ Task #18- Be A Critic
☞ Task #19- Picture It
☞ Task #20- Interview the Author
☞ Task #21- Interview a Character
☞ Task #22- Comic Book
☞ Task #23- Instagram
☞ Task #24- Facebook
☞ Task #25- Twitter Feed
☞ Task #26- Trading Places
☞ Task #27- Likes/Dislikes
☞ Task #28- Rewrite
☞ Task #29- Prequel
☞ Task #30- Sequel
☞ Task #31- Diary of a Character
☞ Task #32- Cover Artist
☞ Task #33- Dear Abby
☞ Task #34- Music to My Ears
☞ Task #35- Morning Announcements
☞ Task #36- Word Cloud Collage

•••It would be a great idea to laminate these task cards for durability or so that students can use a dry erase marker to check off the criteria while they are self-assessing their work.


Please be sure to download the preview file to see exactly what you are getting when you purchase this product!

Created by Stephanie M. Icenogle, The Creative Classroom © 2013
All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.


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Total Pages
111 Pages of Instructional Materials
Answer Key
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week

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"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe Bundle Close Read
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"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe Bundle Close Read