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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Close Reading Strategies with "The Tell-Tale Heart" (Planning)

It has taken hours, and my back is killing me, but I believe I have put together a quality close reading lesson for "The Tell-Tale Heart" using two of the signposts from Notice and Note: Contrasts & Contradictions and Again & Again. 

My goals for this lesson were to:

  • have students connect our Sketch and Stretch vocabulary lesson to the words within the text
  • connect our introductory lesson for Contrasts & Contradictions in "The Horror" to "The Tell-Tale Heart"
  • teach a second signpost, Again & Again
  • be EXPLICIT in all teaching
I began by reading "The Tell-Tale Heart," marking up my text, identifying the above elements and making some teaching notes:






As I was reading, I was making a sample CC/AA reading log. You can see that I do not always think in order. 


Using all of my notes, I created my presentation, adding my nerdy sense of humor throughout. I have an underlying goal to educate on all things 1980s. If I had to endure the torture, so should they!

I am definitely going to have to do some proofreading tomorrow. I am a bit delirious at this point (and not Eddie Murphy style), but I was determined to crank this baby out tonight. Any and all feedback is welcomed. 

As always, I will post feedback from the lesson as we progress through the next week. 

5 comments:

  1. I really like the lesson. I'm in the process of finishing up the book and thinking about how to incorporate these in an ESL class.

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  2. Thank you.

    My class consists of everyone from special education to ESL to GT. The explicit teaching and scaffolding seems to help them all. I have also found that adding conversation and group work to my lessons is a definite benefit to my ESL kids. I'll definitely pay attention to that aspect when I teach the lesson this week and make sure to include it in my reflection post.

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  3. I'm also using Poe this week! We'll start with "The Raven" and then "TTH" the following week. I'm just starting to teach the signposts for the first time, and I think C&Cs and A&A will be perfect for "The Raven" and "Tell-Tale"! I'm looking forward to reading your reflection posts throughout the week.

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  4. Love the gradual release! I am teaching this next!

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  5. This is AWESOME!!!! Thank you!!!

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