The Tell-tale Heart Print and Virtual Analysis, Writing and Textual Evidence

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6th - 10th, Homeschool
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PRINT & DIGITAL! Your middle school students will be captivated by this chilling short story by Edgar Allan Poe! Students will want to analyze characters, motive, plot, and themes. This creepy, unsettling story is great for middle school and high school students.

Reasons to love this unit:

  • Print, Google slides, and PowerPoint -- perfect for your hybrid class
  • super creepy story is sure to engage your students!
  • includes lesson plans and teacher checklist – makes an ideal sub plan
  • provides literary analysis practice: students will analyze character, plot, point of view, setting, theme, and the unreliable narrator
  • fun graphic novel-style plot activity offers a creative way for students to summarize
  • includes the short story with space for annotations -- ready to teach today!

This resource includes:

  • Print, Google Slides, and PowerPoint versions
  • teacher lesson plans
  • anchor chart
  • pre-reading survey
  • comprehension questions & comprehension quiz (digital self-checking!)
  • author mini research activity
  • vocabulary collector
  • story summary graphic organizer
  • elements of the plot chart
  • graphic novel-style form for illustrating the plot
  • point of view
  • setting analysis
  • the unreliable narrator analysis
  • theme analysis
  • 14 additional open-ended discussion questions
  • writing prompt and graphic organizer for argumentative essay
  • graphic organizer for essay
  • essay review checklist
  • rubric
  • teacher checklists
  • complete answer key

This unit includes a copy of the story that provides room on the page for students to add their own annotations.

You will receive a zip file that includes:

1. The story with space for annotations

2. The literary analysis -- ready to teach!

3. PowerPoint version

Be sure to check out the preview!

Looking for other creepy stories to engage your students? Here are two more:

"The Monkey's Paw"


"The Lottery"

Want to give your students a turn to write their own scary stories? Here's a step-by-step journal that will help them!

Write a Scary Story (Printable)

Write a Scary Story (Digital)

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26 Mini Lessons for Reading Literature

Literature Circles with any Dystopian Novel

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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