Class Agenda# 21B- “A Tell Tale Heart” Day 2

Timer- “Time Warp”  Rocky Horror Picture Show – Original Soundtrack (3:20 – 1975)


Do Now- 

  1. Glue the double entry journal into your notebook.

  2. Use the prompt below to work on your own story or draw a picture of what you’re visualizing.

“She went upstairs to check on her sleeping toddler. The window was open and the bed was empty.”

  • Share with your partner
  • SLT-
    • SLT- I can use a double entry journal to identify and analyze the mood in The Tell Tale Heart.

    Breakdown: Circle Verbs, Underline Nouns


Review Elements of Horror definition of “Mood”

  • Mood is dark, foreboding, menacing, bleak and creates an immediate response by the reader

  • The reader should get a sense that things are bad and getting worse.

Opening Paragraph of “Tell Tale Heart”-

  • Identify words and phrases that set the mood.

True! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses –not destroyed –not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acutand I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily –how calmly I can tell you the whole story.


Class Work Option I- 

  • Re Read “A Tell Tale Heart” independently – or w/Lauren.  
  • Work to identify examples of mood in the story and analyze these examples effect the reader. 

Class Work Option II-

  • Re Read “A Tell Tale Heart” independently.
  • Work to identify examples of mood and other elements of horror and analyze these examples effect on the reader. 


  • Imitate/model the narrator’s voice in “A Tell Tale Heart” in your own tale of horror for tonight’s HW.
  • HW

  • 30 Minutes of Reading, 2-3 Sentence Reaction/Summary, 1 Page of Independent Writing – Horror Stories Encouraged.

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