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Tell-Tale Heart

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Philip Williams
System:Jasper City
School:Jasper City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 745
Title:
Tell-Tale Heart
Digital Tool/Resource:
Animoto App
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

After reading Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", students will create an Animoto video that details their opinion (based on textual evidence) about whether the narrator is insane. Animoto is a FREE video-building tool that incorporates the use of pictures, music and text. 

Animoto will be used by the students so that the students can clearly explain their feelings about whether the narrator was mad.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
1 ) Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.8.1]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Cognitive Target::
  • Identify textually explicit information and make simple inference with and across texts, such as: definitions, facts, supporting details.
  • Make complex inferences within and across texts to describe problems and solution or cause and effect, determine unstated assumptions in and argument.

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize story detail related to main action. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize paraphrase of story details. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize reason explicitly stated in a story. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer character trait from story details to provide description. (Integrate and Interpret)



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.1- Answer who, what, when, where, and why questions to analyze stories, using textual evidence and inferences as support.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
2 ) Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text. [RL.8.2]


NAEP Framework
Anchor Standard::
Anchor Standard 2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Cognitive Target::
Make complex inferences within and across texts to integrate ideas to determine theme, identify or interpret a character's motivations and decisions, examine relations between theme and setting or characters.
NAEP Descriptor::
Integrate and interpret ideas to determine theme. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Synthesize across story to provide theme and support with text. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer and explain a lesson common to story and poem. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Provide an example from the story that reflects the theme. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize reason for plot resolution in a story. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Infer and recognize main problem faced by a story character. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize main reason for character's action. (Integrate and Interpret)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize reason for character's action in a story. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize description of character's action explicitly stated in a story. (Locate and Recall)

NAEP Descriptor::
Recognize paraphrase of story details. (Locate and Recall)



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.8.2- Determine a theme and identify the connection between the theme and characters or setting in a story; create a summary of a story.


English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
9 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of Grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. [RL.8.10]

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to site textual evidence and determine the central idea of that text.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

After reading Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", students will create an animoto video that details their opinion (based on textual evidence) about whether the narrator is insane.

Students will create the video with at least 5 pictures, a suitably-themed background song, and 5 pieces of textual evidence supporting their claim.  (Students will find relevant pictures to add to an animoto video.)

Students will need to use textual evidence to support their argument for sanity or insanity.  The textual evidence will be the only thing measurable inside of their video.

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will assess each student's video for textual evidence for his/her argument.

 


Advanced Preparation:

Before this activity begins, students should have had a solid introduction to using Animoto software. 

To do this activity in one classroom period, students should already have read "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.

Students will need a vehicle to create an Animoto video.

 

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