The Tell-Tale Heart – Class Read

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart...

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart…

The class participated in a view & respond with a twist. I initially wanted the class to view Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and simply respond. However, I decided to have the class read the short story before they viewed via scholastic [here]. I have seen many versions/adaptations of this short story, but this particular version came in the form of a play. We assigned characters and proceeded to read the play aloud. Once the class completed reading, they were given a visual via an old animated clip courtesy of Columbia Pictures [here]. For those that are unfamiliar with Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, here is a brief summary via Shmoop: The Tell-Tale Heart is a famous short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. He first published the story in January 1843, in the short-lived Pioneer magazine. “Tell-Tale” is about a nameless man who kills an old man for a really strange reason, which we won’t give away here. The nameless man tells the story of the murder to prove he is not insane.”

The overall goal was to get them thinking about their impending assignment [here]. We have begun our third unit in Language Arts/Writing, The Art of Story Telling, and I thought this would be a good way to kick it off. Students are beginning to understand that a story doesn’t necessarily have to be long to be considered a good one. The adapted animated clip gave the students a good chuckle because by today’s standards, it wasn’t really that scary. That being said, fear wasn’t the objective. The main objective was for students to understand the elements of a story and be able to apply them. By the middle of next week, we hope to reach that objective…

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