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Day 1: "The Tell-Tale Heart"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3
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This lesson focuses on the development of the plot and the narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart. Understanding the basic plot and the argument of the narrator is the first step in understanding the dramatic irony in the text. The day begins with an introduction of the text. Relating Edgar Allan Poe's work to that of modern authors such as Stephen King and R.L. Stine will give students a reference for the kind of short story they are about to read. During the beginning of the read aloud, consider modeling how to annotate information based on the focus question for the day. During the latter part of the read aloud, consider asking students to annotate. As needed, students can then work with a partner to explore the text-dependent questions capturing their thinking on the student guided notes sheet. Then students can return to the focus question to respond independently. Special Materials: Students should have access to the following materials for this lesson: * Student guided notes sheet * Copies of the anchor text for all students