Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 4


In this lesson, students closely read paragraphs 4 through 7 of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and respond to questions about the text. In this excerpt, the actions of the eighth night are slowly revealed as the old man awakens fearfully, and the narrator plans his next move.Through this lesson’s text analysis, students will learn how the narrative point of view contributes to the reader’s understanding of the central ideas of madness and obsession. Additionally, students will continue to consider how Poe makes structural choices regarding manipulation of time. Students will engage in evidence-based discussions in pairs and small groups, as well as complete a brief writing assignment to close the lesson.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
R.6-12.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g.,...

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