Lesson Plan

A Multimodal Approach To Edgar Allan Poe Using Drawing To Understand An Author's Style

True! Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" makes readers nervous. But how? Young scholars create a drawing while listening to a reading of Poe's eerie tale to understand how writers create the mood of their stories and what their writing style contributes. After sharing their image with a partner, class members conduct a close reading of the story and identify imagery, similes, metaphors, and literary devices Poe uses to create the single effect of the story. The lesson plan ends with a gallery walk where class members leave post-it note comments for the artists.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside extra prep time to set up the classroom and prepare the recording of the heartbeat
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires an audio version of Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart," as well as copies of the short story, a recording of a heartbeat, post-it notes, and art supplies
Pros
  • A link is provided in the resource to a recording of heartbeat
Cons
  • None
Common Core