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Teaching Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” (2013 version)

NOTE: This is a repost/upgrade from last fall.  In this updated post you will find some improvements and changes. My apologies to anyone who tried to access the missing video or the activities that were blocked in google drive. Everything should be accessible now. If not, PLEASE comment so I can fix the links. 

I also added a new Prezi for the short story.  

This coming week my Resource Room will be reading The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. The Lexile is 1350L which is definitely challenging for my class. Luckily, the book I use, Bridges to Literature, has an abridged version which will better suit our needs (580L). We will also watch this short video, The Tell-Tale Heart, and compare and contrast it with the textbook.

Some of the reading skills we will cover with this classic story include:

  • plot
  • sequencing
  • character motive
  • point of view
  • setting and mood
  • visualizing
  • vocabulary (vulture, precisely, mortal, and cautious)

I created this Prezi as an upgrade for my 7th graders this year: The Tell-Tale Heart Prezi

This story, much like The Green Ribbon, just lends itself to a comic strip activity, so we will revisit that activity this week too. This time I am going to require them to use the four vocabulary words in their summary. (Shout out to Follower 100!)

In my search for other materials and ideas, I found some other resources that you may be able to use. I am going to take bits and pieces from several and add to my SMART Notebook file. (As always, if you’d like a copy of the SMART Notebook file, drop me an e-mail and I’ll send it to you.)

Audio of “The Tell-Tale Heart” (Full version)

SCOPE Magazine Classroom Play

Vocabulary and Discussion Questions

Pre-Reading Activities

Comprehension and Style Activities

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4 responses

  1. janelle wollschlager | Reply

    I am not able to access the video. I love your prezi presentations. I am in my first year of jh language arts. I am so thankful I found your site>

    1. I will try to fix the link ASAP. You can search Tell-Tale Shortz on YouTube to find it. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. There are so many video versions but this is my favorite. Not too creepy or scary and stays true to the story!

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