Today, after I dramatically acted out the Tell Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe, we had our writer’s workshop, and we worked on expanding stories. 

At the top of our page, we wrote, *He got up*, and at the bottom of the page, *He went downstairs.*  The students had to fill in with detail as much information as they could, making up any random story.  We had a ball, filling in the most gory details that we could.

For tonight’s homework, I gave them the first line:  *The Phone Rang*, and finished with *I finally answered it.*  They had to use the Tell Tale Heart as the exposition for the writing piece. 

Here is a piece that was turned in to me even before school ended.

I’m lovin’ teaching English.  PE & Science are but a faint memory.

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  1. Oh! That is a good idea. I’m stealing it. We’re hitting writing pretty hard next month, and you know I’ll be doing that story the first gloomy day we have. Last year when I did “The Tell-Tale Heart,” the kids kind of went off track, so I’m looking for something else to do with it.

    I can’t wait to do the story again this year. I even bought a shirt this year that looks rather Poe-ish. My friend even agreed it was necessary to have it when I teach Poe. (Taking the time to teach lots of Poe is something I miss about teaching American Lit.)

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