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Secondary ELA Seasonal Blog Hop: Literary Sherri Shares "The Tell Tale Heart"

Students love Edgar Allan Poe's spooky settings and terrifying tales, and October is the perfect month to grab their attention with his Gothic masterpiece "The Tell-Tale Heart." Nothing piques students' interest quite like this creepy classic!  

Hit up The Dollar Store or Target's Dollar Spot for a few seasonal decorations for your classroom, dim your classroom lights, play some seasonal music in the background (here's one option), and use Poe's spellbinding short story to analyze mood, tone, theme, symbolism, characterization, figurative language, and author's craft. This resource contains everything you need to teach this riveting narrative tomorrow, including the full text of "The Tell-Tale Heart" with especially difficult vocabulary words defined, literary analysis activities, 9 unique and engaging writing prompts, vocabulary worksheets, grading rubrics, and answer keys. Best of all, it's available in traditional format, as well as interactive-notebook format!

Teachers who have used this resource say:

"This is very thorough and covers a lot of skills!" (Karen M.)

"My students loved working on this . . . it's not the typical read and answer questions." (Melissa R.)

"This was a great activity for breaking down the story and making it more understandable for my 8th graders." (Michelle W.) 

"I loved this . . . it inspired me to read more Poe works, and created interest in my students for  his works." (Tania P.)

"Excellent resource . . . my students really had to think, which I loved!" (Kathleen Y.)

Click here to add this resource to your repertoire today for 20% off, then cozy up under your favorite blanket with a steaming mug of hot coffee or (my favorite!) salted caramel hot cocoa and hop through the blogs below to treat yourself (and your students) to more perfect-for-October resources! Thank you to Stephanie of The Creative Classroom for organizing this Secondary ELA Seasonal Blog Hop!


  1. This is my favorite Poe story to teach! I love the ironic twist at the end. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love The Tell Tale Heart too... so many great things to talk about with students - it's one of my all time favourites!

    Happy Halloween!

  3. Good ideas. I downloaded your Tic-Tac-Tale freebie-- what neat ideas for projects and writing prompts. Lots of variety and student choice. Great activities for a creepy story.

  4. "The Tell-Tale Heart" is one of my favorite short stories! Thank you for sharing your insight on ways to help students tackle this complex text.

    I love your suggestion of hitting up the Dollar Spot at Target for decor to help set the mood in your classroom. I have definitely gotten tons of useful Halloween decor there this year.

  5. Poe is always a favorite of my students. This looks like a great resource!

  6. Always love your resources! :) Thank you for sharing!


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