Lesson: The Tell Tale Heart (Mood)

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT draw conclusions about mood based on the author’s use of word choice and figurative language.

Lesson Plan

Standard

Mood

The Tell-Tale Heart By: Edgar Allen Poe
 
 
8.LT-S.10.

 

 
Standard Name
SWBAT draw conclusions about mood based on the author’s use of word choice and figurative language.
 
Do Now
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Directions: Read each item and decide whether it should be written in the present or past tense. Then, rewrite the sentence or sentences to make the verb tense consistent.
 
1.       He liked the old man, but he decides to kill him anyway.
2.       He carefully opened the door and pokes his head into the room. Then he held very still.
3.       Did he hear the intruder? Does he gasp with terror? The intruder knew he is lying awake, listening.
4.       He watched the old man for eight nights. He looks at the vulture eye.
5.       He shines the light on the sleeping old man. He found the eye open!
 
Opening
·         Teacher will assign each scholar a portion of “The Tell-Tale Heart” to re-create.
·         Scholars will then create an illustration that represents the major events that happened in that portion of the story.
·         Teacher will then explain to scholars that they will go through certain parts of the story and describe the mood that was created.
 
Directed Instruction
·         Teacher will review the definition of mood, author’s word choice, and figurative language. 
·         Using a previously read story, teacher will choose a portion of the text to use and identify the mood of that portion. Teacher will add the details to a mood graphic organizer for all to see.
·         Teacher will then identify word choices and/or figurative language from that portion of the text that helped to identify the “mood.”
·         Teacher will then analyze how the word choices and/or figurative language chosen contributed to the “mood” that has been identified.
 
 
Guided Practice
·         Teacher will direct students to the first page of “The Tell-Tale Heart.” With teacher guidance scholars will identify the mood of that portion of the text. 
·         Scholars will then identify the word choices and/or figurative language that helped to identify the mood they chose.
·         Scholars will then analyze how the word choices and/or figurative language chosen contributed to the “mood” that has been identified.
·         Teacher will direct scholars to a different portion of the text and they will complete the next row of the “mood” graphic organizer in their cooperative groups. 
Independent Practice
·         Scholars will begin working independently, going through the story and adding two additional entries to their graphic organizers.
·         During small group rotations each group will be doing one of the following activities.
Excelling Scholars:
·         Will read a newspaper article about Edgar Allan Poe titled: “Birthday Ritual a Grave Tradition.” When they finish reading the article they will work in groups to write a short newspaper article explaining why Poe continues to influence and attract people.  They will use a Washington Post article as a guide to how their article should be organized.
Struggling Scholars:
·         Will meet with the teacher and continue working on completing the two rows of their “mood” graphic organizers. At the completion of the graphic organizer they will write a paragraph describing a scene that is scary, humorous, or somber. The paragraph must exhibit a specific mood and include an illustration that displays the setting of their scene.
 
Closing
·         Scholars will complete a “main idea” exit ticket. Explain the main idea of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and provide three examples from the text that support the main idea they have created.

Lesson Resources

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