Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 13

Whether the planks hide the beating of a hideous heart, or they break away to the madness beneath, their presence makes itself known in the final lesson of a literary analysis unit. Having gathered textual evidence from "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "I Feel A Funeral, in my Brain" by Emily Dickinson, ninth graders craft an essay with an original statement about the shared central idea of madness in a unit assessment.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Allow younger or struggling readers to write a draft of their essay before class 
  • Encourage pairs to exchange essays for peer editing before turning them in 
  • Hand out the rubric and checklist during brainstorming, or make them available on a class website
Classroom Considerations
  • Based on the readings and notes from the previous lessons
  • The final lesson in a 13-part unit
  • For homework, learners prepare for the next unit on Oedipus the King; if you don't plan on using the unit in your curriculum, omit the homework assignment or replace it with something else
  • Includes considerations for differentiation in instruction
  • Provides a web exploration tool for the next unit
  • None