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lesson 3
1 hour

Poe Manipulates Time: Structural Choices


Students will analyze paragraph 3 of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” in which the narrator details his methodical plan to murder the old man. Students will be introduced to standard RL.9-10.5 and 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 development and refinement of central ideas through annotation.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29.
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