Culminating Assessment Utilizing Webquest

In this WebQuest, students will be reviewing the content we have discussed thus far in the learning segment in preparation for a culminating, written assessment.  We have been discussing various elements of "The Tell-Tale Heart," including elements of narration, tone, diction, and point of view.  In discussing these elements, students have gleaned a common perception that the narrator of this short story is unreliable.  From close reading the short story independently, to engaging in a "Jigsaw Literary Study" of Edgar Allan Poe's short story within cooperative learning groups, the students have achieved various learning tasks and objectives.  This interactive WebQuest allows students to think outside the box in facilitating a response to the central focus of the learning segment, which is to ultimately justify WHY Edgar Allan Poe employs an unreliable for his short story, utilizing their prior knowledge, specific textual evidence, and prior requisite skills pertaining to ELA writing mechanics to facilitate a well-written justification.        

As an introduction to this Webquest, students are asked to click on the youtube link below, as it provides an exciting and engaging video synopsis of "The Tell-Tell Heart."  


The focus of the task is to review the polarizing characteristics of a reliable narrator and an unreliable narrator and ultimately justify why Edgar Allan Poe chooses to employ an unreliable narrator in his famous short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” In order for students to adequately complete this learning task, they will be viewing a series of online resources that enhance their understanding of what it means to justify an idea. The students are expected to read each source carefully, and take notes on a separate sheet of paper as they read. By the conclusion of this WebQuest, students will be able to achieve various learning objectives:

1.     Students will be able to read/listen for main ideas within a literary text, informational text, and sources of research utilizing an online resource. 

2.     Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyze a short story through identifying and applying knowledge of elements (e.g. narrative voice, tone) and literary techniques (e.g. repetition). 

3.     Students will be able to evaluate and interpret an author’s purpose for employing an unreliable narrator using evidence from the text and prior knowledge.   

4.     Students will be able to use technology, including computers and online resources, to explore and create an argumentative essay in which they will justifythe author’s purpose. 

5.     Students will be able to make sense of unfamiliar vocabulary in the Webquest using strategies imposed in previous classes (e.g., reading for context clues).