Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 3

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In this lesson, students will read paragraph 3 of “The Tell-Tale Heart.” In this excerpt, the narrator details his methodical plan to murder the old man. Students will be introduced to standard RL.9-10.5 and reread paragraph 3. Students participate in an evidence-based discussion, focusing on Poe’s structural choices, particularly his manipulation of time, and the effects of this manipulation as the reader waits to find out the narrator’s objective. Additionally, students will continue to trace the continued development and refinement of central ideas in paragraph 3 through annotation.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g.,...
W.9-10.9.a Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Analyze how an author draws on and...

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