Introduction to Literature: “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Story of an Hour”


A study guide for the Language Arts Classroom with a selected terms glossary, printable and projectable discussion questions for two classic short stories, and brief instructional examples of applying literary terms to the stories.

I use this material for my college freshmen students at the outset of a literary analysis unit as a way to introduce some basic terms and concepts of literary studies. This resource is also useful for high school teachers, tutors and home-school instructors and can be used as the basis for student-led work outside the classroom.

Texts Discussed: “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin


Included in this resource:

• Selected Literary Terms Glossary

• Text of “The Tell-Tale Heart”

• “The Tell-Tale Heart” Discussion Questions for use in class

o (Printable Version and Projectable, Large Font Version)

• Text of “The Story of an Hour”

• “The Story of an Hour” Discussion Questions

o (Printable Version and Projectable, Large Font Version)

• Brief Literary Terms Application – Demonstration Material

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