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!