Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 3

Hearken! And observe how well a literary analysis unit can help ninth graders read closely and connect text structure to a central idea. Focusing on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", learners take notes and track the development of the story's central ideas, as well as the narrator's slow descent into madness.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the Quick Write as an exit ticket or collaborative discussion topic for literature circles
  • Host a Reader's Theater session for multiple members of the class to participate in the reading
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider differentiating between motifs and themes
  • The lesson describes obsession and madness as central ideas to track
  • Discussion questions reference Romeo and Juliet, the core text of Module 1; instruction does not depend on reading the play, but the comparison is helpful
  • The third lesson in a 14-part unit

  • A full version of the module, as well as the unit, is included in the attached materials
  • Encourages high schoolers to read closely and use textual details in their responses

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