Literary Devices in Context: Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (November 5th, 2014)

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The jaunty pop music gave subsided to reveal the sound of a beating heart.  Thump.  Thump.  The students looked around the room quizically, wondering what could be the source of that noise.  Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump. Intermittently it reemerged and then disappeared while I continued teaching, pretending that nothing was wrong.

This was how I introduced the Edgar Allen Poe classic “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  The students followed along in their literature books as the short story was read aloud through the speakers.  Thereafter, they completed a  three-column chart identifying the literary devices they located and what examples they found of those literary devices.  We wrapped up the class with a discussion of whether or not it was easier (or harder) to identify and understand literary devices in the context of a story.


  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Continue posting resources into the Genius Hour Annotated Bibliographies (5 sources by Friday).


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