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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Narrator from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
    Narrator

    Unnamed, kills the old man

  • Old Man from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
    Old Man

    Murder Victim

  • Neighbor from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
    Neighbor

    Reports a shriek to the police

  • Police from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
    Police

    Three police officers

Featured Props

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Student creations come alive with these themed objects – in addition to our library of over 3,000 props!

  • Bed
    Bed
  • Book
    Book
  • Bookcase
    Bookcase
  • Chair
    Chair
  • Curtain
    Curtain
  • Desk
    Desk
  • Hammer
    Hammer
  • Lantern
    Lantern
  • Nail
    Nail
  • Room
    Room
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Teacher Guide

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Step 1Class discussion with students

Ask students to share anything that really irritates them, such as a clock ticking, the way people chew their food, etc. Are they able to get over it? If not, how do they handle it?

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map, Graphic Novel, or ...
    Imagery

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  • Make a Mind Map, Storyboard, or ...
    Symbolism

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a short Graphic Novel to represent the short story in 10 panels.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Having read the story The Tell-Tale Heart, what does the title mean?

  • The narrator starts the story claiming he is not mad. Do you agree? Give evidence to support your answer.
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Pixton Activity: The Tell-Tale Heart 1 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Create a comic using 1-4 panels illustrating a scene from The Tell-Tale Heart.

Be sure to read the chosen section of the story carefully, paying attention to details.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

Example Mind Map

Imagery in “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Student

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Pixton Activity: The Tell-Tale Heart 2 Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are many important symbols in this story, including:

  • The eye
  • The lantern
  • The heart

Instructions

Illustrate one of the symbols above in a comic including:

  • What it symbolizes
  • Why it’s important
  • An important quote regarding that symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Tell-Tale Heart 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in The Tell-Tale Heart are:

  • Versions of reality
  • Cunning and cleverness
  • Mortality

Instructions

Choose two of the three major themes and, for each, depict at least two examples in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the paragraph number in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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