Students will come to class prepared to discuss Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell Tale Heart with a focus on point-of-view. They will use textual evidence to draw conclusions about the protagonist of the story, which they will then use to create thesis statements about the text.
This lesson is designed to familiarize students with Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell Tale Heart, in order to prepare them for a lesson where they will practice constructing thesis statements. It consists of a "cold read" and then a guided read where students are given a specific focus.
There are a number of different ways to read Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell Tale Heart online. Like all works published before 1923, the story is in the public domain, which means that anyone can reproduce it without obtaining permission. As a result, The Tell Tale Heart is all over the internet in a variety of forms. Before you do any other part of this lesson, you'll need to find one to read. Here are a few suggestions:
Watch until 3:30 for an explanation of first person narrators.
I've gone ahead and annotated a copy of the Tell Tale Heart. Please re-read the story along with the annotations. I'd like you to pay special attention to the narration, now that you have an added understanding of Point of View.
Source: public domain--PDF created by Jose Menendez
Please watch this video in preparation for discussion of the story the next day and, as you watch it, think about how to make meaning from the text.