A Directed Listening-Thinking Activity for

In this lesson, students participate in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA), in which they listen to "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and answer prediction questions at designated stopping points during the reading. Students then discuss and write a written response to the story at the conclusion of the lesson, in the form of either an acrostic poem or comic strip. This lesson works well at Halloween or at the beginning of a mystery unit.

Standards & Objectives

Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Improve their listening comprehension and prediction skills by participating in a Directed Listening–Thinking Activity (DLTA)
  • Respond to literature read in class by either writing an acrostic poem or creating a comic strip
  • Practice strong and effective writing as assessed by the 6 + 1 Trait® Writing model

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints

Materials needed:

  • Computers with Internet access
  • LCD projector (optional)