Class Agenda #70 – Think Pair Share- “Tell Tale Heart”, I

Opener- Have you ever felt guilty about something? Or… describe how you act when you’re feeling guilty about something.

#499- “Bop Gun”, George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelics (Ft. Ice Cube) (4:57)

Part I- SLT- I can write for extended periods of time.

DO NOW- Journal about guilt. What comes to mind when you see/hear the word “guilt.”

  • Share

Part II– Mini-Lesson – Point Of View



Who is the narrator? Does the narrator tell the story in first person or third person? How much of the world can the narrator perceive (omniscient or limited)? How does the vantage point of the narrator affect the meaning of the story? How would the story change if the narrator changed?

The story has an author, a narrator, and characters, not to be confused with each other. If the narrator and a character in the story are one and the same, you have a story told in first person. If they are separate, you have a story told in third person, of which there are three different types, depending on the amount of knowledge the narrator has about the inner feelings and thoughts of the characters.

We’re focusing on 2 TYPES of POV this week-

1) First Person

“I”; all is told/filtered through the storyteller’s perception, an character in the story, but not always the main character. Can know the thoughts/feelings of the narrator (the “I”) but no others.

2) Unreliable Narrator

This narrator is not limited to one type (1st or 3rd), but is unreliable and conveys information to the reader of which he/she (the narrator) is not aware. This could be because the narrator is a young child, going insane, naïve, old and senile, or other reason.

CFU- Think Pair Share- Can you think of a text with a 1st Person Narrator? Can you think of a text with an Unreliable Narrator?

Part II- “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe

  1. Download “The Tell Tale Heart” to your desktop.
  2. Save As- and Name it Using Your Name. example- “tell_tale_heart_poe_boccheciamp.doc”
  3. Independent Read this story.

How to text code the story on your desktop.

  • Next to the search bar on the top right of the doc, their is a little icon with a square and pencil in the middle. CLICK ON THAT. This allows you to underline.
  • Two icons to the left, there’s a highlight button. CLICK ON THAT
  • Now you are ready to text code!
  • Independent Read for 5 Minutes
    • As You Read- Text Code-
    • Yellow Highlight Lines from the story the represent the narrator’s reliability.
    • Underline words the address the story’s mood.
  • SHARE- Are there examples of reliability?
  • How do you know the story’s POV?
  • What are some words that contribute to the mood?



  • I can analyze the impact of the author’s choices in developing and relating the elements and devices of literature. (R3-lit)
  • I can analyze the author’s purpose and perspective. (R6)
  • I can analyze how the structure and organization contribute to the meaning of the text. (R5)
  • Exit Ticket/Closing Circle- How am I preparing for regents exams this weekend?

Homework- Respond to some readings from the #validus.


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