The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a favorite of casual readers and teachers alike. Teaching “The Tell-Tale Heart” gives students opportunities to study rich literary and thematic content through classroom activities and exercises. Our Premium Lesson Plans and Activities for “The Tell-Tale Heart” include a response journal filled with writing and discussion prompts to facilitate students' reading of the text. This document has been written and vetted by our in-house educators and editors. In addition to premium content, we also have free materials available that have been contributed by teacher users.

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  • The Tell-Tale Heart eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    As the story begins, the narrator admits to being “very dreadfully nervous,” but he denies being mad. What is the first argument he offers to show that he is not insane? Explain how his argument and the examples he offers counter rather than support his assertion that he is sane. Describe the obsession...

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  • The Tell-Tale Heart Metaphor Activity

    This activity gives students an opportunity to practice examining and analyzing metaphors. Metaphors express images, emotions, actions, experiences, and nuances through direct and indirect comparisons, allowing readers to access deeper levels of meaning in the text. In this activity, students will classify and analyze different kinds of metaphors in order...

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