Essential questions: What makes a story suspensful? How can guilt affect our behavior? How do authors create mood?
This creepy but super fun play is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of murder and madness.
Learning Objective: to explore how the author creates a suspenseful mood
1. PREPARING TO READ
2. READING THE PLAY (30 minutes)
3. SKILL BUILDING
In a well-organized paragraph, explain how the author creates a suspenseful mood in The Tell-Tale Heart. Support your ideas with text evidence.
Choose one scene. In a well-organized paragraph, discuss the author’s use of suspense in that scene. Give examples from the text.
One word that describes the mood of the play is suspenseful. Think of another word that describes the mood and explain how the author creates that mood.
Literature Connection: Other texts that make use of suspense
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins (novel)
“The Monkey’s Paw”
by W.W. Jacobs (short story)
"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”
by Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone teleplay)