Overview: Lesson connecting reading analysis with theater through the Tell Tale Heart.
ELA STANDARD: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.6
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
ARTS STANDARD: TH:Cr2.1.8 a.
Articulate and apply critical analysis, background knowledge, research, and historical and cultural context to the development of original ideas for a drama/theatre work.
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8
For this arts integration lesson, we’re sharing a spooky-inspired connection to the great Edgar Allen Poe work “Tell Tale Heart”. How many of you remember reading this in middle school? This is one of those works that stayed with me my entire life. Mostly, because it was also the first time our school took us on a field trip. They took us to a local college to see a production of this work. The set, scenery, and narration all contributed to build a terrifying lasting impression.
So, it only seems like the most natural connection to create an Arts Integration lesson.
This lesson is based upon reading and theater standards through this piece of literature. In this example, we’re focusing on the various points of view depicted in the story, analyzing these points of view and showcasing them through different dramatic interpretations. We’ve even added a great lesson from Prestwick House as a primer for the theatrical analysis. If you were looking for a lesson that is both strongly tied to the arts and which gets your heart pumping, this is for you!
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.