Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart

Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart

Reflection Partner Share


Share your written homework responses about the benefits and qualities of short stories with a partner.

Let the following questions guide your discussion.

  • What are the benefits of telling a story in the short story form?
  • Think of a few novels you have read. How is the novelist’s approach to storytelling different from the writer of a short story?

Poe Paragraph and Translation

Work Time

Read from Edgar Allan Poe’s “Review of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales ,” an essay he wrote about short stories. Find paragraph 13 that begins, “A skilful literary artist has constructed a tale.”

  • First, read and annotate the paragraph.
  • Then write a “translation” of the paragraph into everyday modern English.

Open Notebook

When you finish, share your translation with your partner.

The Tell-Tale Heart

Work Time

Read and annotate Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

  • Mark words that create mood, conflict, suspense, and tension.

Tell-Tale Heart Quick Write


Take a few moments to write a response to the following questions.

  • Does Poe take his own advice and produce a “single effect” in his story? Give specific reasons for your response using evidence from the text.
  • What are the benefits of being able to read a story in one sitting?

Open Notebook

Share your thoughts and insights with the whole class.

Tell-Tale Heart Analysis