Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 8

Rid yourself of unsupported analytic writing forever with a mid-unit assessment focused on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". As ninth graders formulate an essay based on evidence from the first seven lessons in the unit, they choose a central idea from the text and provide support for its development using examples of the text structure.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow struggling readers or younger classes to write a draft of the essay before a timed in-class writing assignment
  • For self-assessment, send home the rubric and checklist before learners write the in-class essay
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed as a writing assessment for a 13-part unit, but helpful for any Poe unit
Pros

  • Provides a specific mid-unit evidence collection worksheet to help learners prepare for the writing prompt
  • Comes with assessment tools, including a text analysis checklist and writing rubric
Cons

  • None