Lesson: The Pit and The Pendulum
Students will complete one of the reading comprehension exercises in the do now packet.
Opening activity: I will begin by distributing the anticipation guide and explaining the instructions for Part A. Students will have five minutes to brainstorm at least five things that they look for or expect to find in a scary story. Examples include: spiders, dark nights, full moon, vampires, and things underneath your bed. Then we will conduct a short whole-class discussion of their answers, discussing the following questions: What did they write down and why? Do they believe that these things add to the atmosphere of a scary story? Are they themselves scared by any of these things?
Teaching content: Next, students work on Part B of the anticipation guide. I will go over the five statements, reading them aloud and explaining them. Students are instructed not to call out their answers, but must decide silently whether they agree or disagree with the statements and place a check mark in the appropriate column.
Building content knowledge: We will discuss Poe briefly: Who was he? What kinds of stories, etc. did he write? Why is he considered the father of horror? Which current writers can students name whom Poe might have inspired? With what other items by Poe are students familiar?
Use of content in context: Now we begin reading “The Tell-Tale Heart.” I will start reading through the first paragraph or so (our introduction to the madman) in order to set the tone and model for students the voice and manner in which they should read. Students will continue reading the story aloud according to the popcorn strategy. (a student reads and then picks another student to read once he/she is finished)
Students will answer the comprehension questions below
Describe the narrator in detail. What is your first impression of him?
What specifically is it about the old man that troubles the narrator? Why does it trouble him?
What does the narrator do every night? Why?
How does the narrator feel after he commits the murder? Is he worried about being caught?
Why does the killer confess?
Name 3 details, descriptions, or actions that the author uses to create an atmosphere of horror.
How does the short story reflect the time period of the 1840’s
Why does poet start the story trying to convince the reader the main character is not mad?
Does Poe reflect his own bit of insanity in Tell Tale HeartIs Poe trying to send a message that no matter how carefully you commit the crime someone will always know what you have done?
What lesson about life does this story teach?
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