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February 28, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart

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Edgar Allan Poe

Beyond Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart  First:

Listen to and read the story here.  In class, we will discuss the major themes and literary devices used. 

Next, choose one of the following prompts and check out these websites  in order to respond in your blogs:

 1. Have you lost a loved-one close to you?  How did they die and how did it make you feel?  Is there anything you would want to tell them if you could?  If they had been murdered, how might that have made you feel and what would you want to tell their murderer now?  Post a poem and short story about your loss.

 2. Do you know what your resting heart rate is?  Find out how here, share with us what it is, and then compare it to the “norm” for your age group.  Next explain why you think that it is the way that it is.  If it is high, is there anything you think you could do to improve it?  If it is low, what are the implications of this?  What does this new knowledge tell you about The Tale-Tell Heart?

 3. When it comes to murder, how is it that one person could take the life of anther?  Is a murderer mentally sound?  Obviously not, right?  Look at this website and make a “diagnosis” of the protagonist in The Tell-Tale Heart, explaining your reasons, using direct quotes from the story.  Also consider Poe’s own background and the state of his mental health  throughout his life.

4. Choose another of Poe’s poems or short stories to read and write a 500-800 word compare and contrast essay on it and The Tell-Tale Heart.  Consider theme, personification, and logical fallacies. 

The standards addressed in this lesson are found here and shown below:Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

 

 

2.3 Find similarities and differences between texts in the treatment, scope, or organization of ideas. Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

 

3.5 Identify and analyze recurring themes (e.g., good versus evil) across traditional and contemporary works. 3.6 Identify significant literary devices (e.g., metaphor, symbolism, dialect, irony) that define a writer’s style and use those elements to interpret the work.  

3.5 Identify and analyze recurring themes (e.g., good versus evil) across traditional and contemporary works. 3.6 Identify significant literary devices (e.g., metaphor, symbolism, dialect, irony) that define a writer’s style and use those elements to interpret the work.  

 

Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)

 

2.2 Write responses to literature: a. Exhibit careful reading and insight in their interpretations. b. Connect the student’s own responses to the writer’s techniques and to specific textual references. c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience. d. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or to personal knowledge.

 

 

 

 

by: Cynthia Baum

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