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The Tell-Tale Heart: Lesson 2

This lesson walks students through the steps of writing excellent answers to constructed response questions.
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Dayce McAndrews

on 20 November 2012

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Transcript of The Tell-Tale Heart: Lesson 2

The Tell-Tale Heart: Writing Excellent Answers Step 1: Read the Question - Read carefully
- Look for ALL parts of the question What does the title of the story mean? Is it a good title? Explain. There are 3 parts to the question. What does the title of the story mean? This is an On My Own question. Think - What do you know about "The Tell-Tale Heart? What does it mean to be Tell-Tale? Discuss this as a group. Write down an answer, and then move ahead. Is this a good title? Explain. How does that fit in with the heart in this story? What are some examples of that from the text? Not sure? Look it up. Tell-Tale:
Something that reveals information; a sign Step 2: Think about each part of the question separately. Here's a hint: You can't choose a wrong answer. Just pick "yes" or "no" and write it in a complete sentence. Discuss this as a group. Write down an answer, and then move ahead. Why did you choose "yes" or "no" in part 2? Make sure your answer uses at least 1 example from the story. Make sure your answer uses at least 1 example from the story. Discuss this as a group. Write down an answer, and then move ahead. What are the reasons that you think the title either fits the story or doesn't? What are some places in the text that help to support your answer? Step 3: Check over your answer. Did you:
1. Answer all parts of the question?
2. Answer the questions using complete sentences?
3. Use examples to back up any answers that needed them (parts 1 & 3)? Step 3: Write down your ideas as you go along. Make sure you've answered each part completely and using full sentences before moving on. It doesn't have to be exactly the same, BUT you should include the same kinds of information. Compare your answer to the sample. Sample:

The story's title says that the heart is a "tell-tale" sign. It refers to the beating heart that eventually drives the narrator to confess his crime. The reader is led to believe it is the beating of the old man's heart he hears, which is impossible, since he is dead and in pieces. I think it is a perfect title. It leaves us wondering if, in his insanity, the narrator hears the old man's heart, if he feels guilt over the crime and hears his own heart, or a little bit of both. In all of those options, the heart is telling the tale. This is also an On My Own question. 1. What does the title of the story mean?
2. Is it a good title?
3. Explain. You're finished with Lesson 2. Go on to Lesson 3.
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