Grade 9 ELA Module 2: Unit 1, Lesson 12

What happens when a tenuous grasp on sanity begins to slip? Compare Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and Emily Dickinson's "I Felt a Funeral, in my Brain" with a lesson focused on the development of a common central idea. High schoolers study and organize their materials from the previous 11 lessons in the unit to prepare for an End-of-Unit Assessment writing prompt about the two texts and their thematic connection.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have your class develop a more sophisticated central idea than the concept of madness, which could be considered a literary motif
Classroom Considerations
  • The 12th in a 13-part unit
  • Promotes strong study skills and brainstorming
  • Allows peers to discuss their plans for the upcoming writing assignment
  • None