I got a new book. Yes, I am an addict, but this one was actually a school purchase and not my own. I am not sure that really helps, but it makes me feel better.
Within this book, I found a passage called "The Horror" by Dave Eggers. It is an interesting little passage about a woman who decides to write a horror novel. All of her ideas, however, are exactly the opposite of horror.
I am going to have my students read this prior to starting "The Tell-Tale Heart." Their purpose will be to identify the details of Sandra's horror story - daylight hours, full nights of sleep, no death, no threats. Irony? (I'm asking because I struggle in teaching this.) Once we read "TTH," I will have the kids contrast how Poe's story has the opposite elements of Eggers'.
I need to delve into this a little more to see what else I can do with it, but I believe it will make an interesting paired passage.