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Day 3: "The Tell-Tale Heart"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3
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In this session, students will be examining "The Tell-Tale Heart" in order to determine how Poe uses the characterization of the narrator to contribute to the suspense of the story. After reviewing how readers learn about a character by paying attention to what he or she thinks, says, and does, students will examine the narrator as a character and hypothesize why Poe's characterization of the narrator helps to build suspense for the reader. As needed, students can then work with a partner to explore the text-dependent questions capturing their thinking on the student guided notes sheet. Alternatively, divide the class into four groups or more, each exploring different paragraphs (7, 10, 11, 12). Each group can report back, and as a class you can discuss what you have found. 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