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Gothic Literature: Tell-Tale Heart

"The Tell-Tale Heart" Close Reading Activities

Tara Okun

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November 20th
Do Now:
In your own words, define the narrator of a story.
Workshop 2: Elements of Gothic Literature
Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart
Is the narrator always truthful? Explain.
Review Narrator and First Person Points of View
the character or voice from whose point of view events are told

point of view:
the method of narrating a short story, novel, or narrative poem

first-person point of view:
when the narrator is a character in the story and uses the pronoun "I," "me," or ""we"
SWBAT identify and analyze the narrator as reliable or unreliable.
Essential Question:
Is the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" reliable?
Unreliable vs. Reliable
reliable narrator
is aware of events taking place and records them in an accurate, trustworthy way.
unreliable narrator
lies, seems out of touch, or expresses outrageous ideas.
...but how do you know?
Here's how...
Step 1: Identify the narrator.
Who is telling the story?
Does the narrator participate in the action of the story?
Or is the narrator an outside observer?
Step 2:
Identify the point of view.
If the narrator uses
-the point of view is first person.

If the narrator speaks to the reader about the
narrator's thoughts and feelings,
then, most often, it is the
first person
I, me, and my
Step 3
Analyze the point of view.
Notice when the narrator's point of view:
colors the action
affects the way that you feel as you read
affects your opinions of others
Step 4
Decide whether the narrator is reliable
A narrator who is aware of the events taking place and records them in an
accurate, trustworthy
way is probably

A narrator who
out of touch
, or expresses
outrageous ideas
is probably
On your communicators...
What qualities could show a narrator to be reliable?

What qualities would make a narrator unreliable?
Discuss with your partner
and list 3
Exit Ticket
Name a narrator from a story and identify whether he or she is reliable. Explain in 1-2 sentences, why or why not.
Listen carefully and
take the professor's quiz
Number your paper 1-3.
Choose A, B, C, or D.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
With your partner...
Complete Narrator and First Person Points of View Activity
Be ready to share! Calling on
November 24th
Do Now:
Reading Skills: Previewing
When you preview a selection, you look it over to see what lies ahead. You might scan the title and skim a paragraph or two to get an idea of the writer's subject and style. Preview Poe's story.
What predictions can you make?
Academic Vocabulary
On the blank sheet provided, write and rate each of the following academic vocabulary words:
1. acute
2. vexed
3. sagacity
4. refrained
5. wary
acute: sharp
Her blindness increased her acute sense of hearing.
Academic Vocabulary
vexed: disturbed, annoyed
The student was vexed by the constant talking and disruptions in class.
sagacity: intelligence and good judgement
He was proud of his sagacity in making good decisions.
Academic Vocabulary
refrained: held back
Though furious, he refrained from action.
wary: cautious
He was too wary to make a careless mistake.
Close Reading
Re-read lines 1-7.
Circle what the narrator says he is NOT.
Underline how he intends to prove he is healthy.
How would you describe the narrator's reaction to the old man (lines 8-17).
Underline the idea that enters the narrator's brain.
Close Reading
In lines 18-33, the narrator claims to have several qualities that insane people DON'T have.
Circle the qualities that he mentions.
In your opinion, does having those qualities prove his sanity- or not?
Active Reading
Pause at line 40.
Do you think the narrator will kill the old man?
Tell what you think will happen. Base your
on the details you already know.
Computer: Continue with software
Reading: Read and log. Logs and journal will be checked on Wednesday.
Small Group:
Poe's Timeline
Irony Detective Activity
Reliable Narrator Practice

Reading 2: Tone and Mood
November 26th
Do Now:
is the narrator reliable?
We have read pages 174-176, lines 1- 59.
Summarize the events thus far. Based on these events...
Why or why not?
Modeling Fluent Reading
Let's begin on line 46, page 176.
Review dramatic irony
How was it ironic?
at the box
Independent Silent Reading
TWPS: Read the passage in the box and respond to the questions below in your journal...
What kinds of words and sentences does Poe use? (examples: long, short, simple, poetic, and so on)
What mood does these words and sentences create?
Underline the sentences that should be read softly, perhaps even a whisper.
Why do you think Poe uses italicized words and dashes?
Vocabulary Review
Respond in your journals
Target Word:
The policeman perceived the man as a threat because ___________________.
The jet fighter was unperceived by enemy radar so
Using context clues from examples, what could be a possible meaning?
Remember the prefix un- means "not."
Word study:
Unperceived, in line 87, means "not seen or detected."
Circle the context clues that hint at the words meaning.
Study the art on this page.
How well do you think it brings to life the scene described in lines 76-83?

Independent Reading
Computer Software
Small Group: lines 90-145
Review journal and reports

Academic Vocabulary:
not seen or detected

smoothness, politeness

The new boyfriend showed perfect suavity to her parents.
The uninvited guest had the audacity to show up to the party.
How can word choice and sentence structure effect the mood and tone of the story?
Why might you be
of skydiving?
I might be
of skydiving because ______________.
Another activity I am
of is ____________.
Why might you
from arguing?
I might refrain from arguing because ______________.
How might your
benefit you?
Your sagacity will benefit you by ...
Reading 3: Descriptive Language
December 2
Do Now:
What sight words would you use to describe this man?

What do you think the narrator might be hearing when he thinks he hears the beating of the old man's heart?
Close Reading: Interpret
Scaffolded Reading
Model Fluent Reading
Target Words: Write & Rate!
Center Rotations
Independent Reading: Read for 15, log, and JOURNAL
Computer Software: 5 minutes each zone. Reach Success!
Small Group: Close Reading Activities, page 179.



energetic gestures
Imagery is language that appeals to the senses.
Reading 1: Reliable Narrators
Idea Wave. Be ready to share!
Turn to page 177, line 90.
Listen for 3 sound images.
Idea Wave: Be ready to share!
Scaffolded Reading
Reread independently
Reread lines 90- 108.
Underline three visual images.
Idea Wave: Be ready to share.
Model Fluent Reading
Oral Cloze and Retell
Pause at line 108.
In your packet o journal...
Begin on page 178, line 109.
In your packet or journal...
What happens the eighth night?
Why did the narrator's behavior change?
How did he commit the murder?
TWPS...in small group...
Exit Ticket:
Use descriptive language or imagery to describe your Thanksgiving meal.

Create one
Create one
Hint: similes, metaphors, sensory images...
1- I don't know the word.
2- I've seen it or heard it.
3- I think I know the word.
4- I know it and use it.
He talked more
, but he couldn't drown out the sound.
His violent
did not disturb the police officers.
of the anxious boy showed he was _____________________.
(excited, nervous, guilty)
The criminal acted
when _________________.
(broke down the door,grabbed the old lady's purse, stole candy from a baby)
He hated the smiling
of the police.
The bully acted with
when ___________________.
Active Reading
How does descriptive language enhance Poe's writing?
Today's objective:

SWBAT identify, analyze, and create descriptive language.
Consider figurative language- similes, metaphors...
Additional Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.
The Tell-Tale Heart: Gothic Literature?
Is Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" considered Gothic Literature?
(Review notes if necessary)
Discuss with
your group...
December 4th:
Do Now:
List and describe the elements of Gothic Literature.
Be ready to share! Idea Wave!
Small Group:
Packet should be completed today!
Summative Assessment
Continue with Reliable Narrator Graphic Organizer
Independent Reading:
Continue to Log and Read. Reading Counts Quizzes or E Read RCQ.
Computer: Usage too low. Try to stay on for 20 minutes! Hit all zones for 5 minutes!
Exit Ticket
List two things you have learned from this reading.

I have learned __________________.
I also learned ___________________.
Workshop Wrap Up Test
next class
Review prezis and academic vocabulary
SWBAT identify and analyze Gothic literary elements in Poe's short story.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Essential Question: What is Gothic Literature?
Gothic Literature Activity
Is Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" Gothic Fiction?
React and Write in your journals. Provide specific details.
(1 paragraph)
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