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Monday, October 21, 2013

Something New: A Connection Piece for "The Tell-Tale Heart"

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. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this! I, too, am teaching Notice and Note skills to my students. My 7th graders AND my 10th graders had trouble with Contrasts and Contradictions so I am lesson planning so that I can re-teach it. I'm loving this! Thank you!!! Ms. Bates