Literary Analysis with "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Students will be introduced to the Investigative Reading strategy through the reading of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They will then write an analytical piece that analyzes his use of an unreliable narrator.

By Ms. Olamit
October 23, 2012
8th Grade English

Writing Prompt

The famous short story, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, is a disturbing and suspenseful tale. Poe creates this creepy tone through an unusual use of the narrator in the story. Write a 150-200 word analysis that explains how Poe’s use of an unreliable narrator helps to develop the tone in the story. Your analysis must include one citation from the story.
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8th Grade English Language Arts Standards

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
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