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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. 


  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.

  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.

  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.

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

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