Criminal Minds: The Case of the Tell-Tale Heart

“The Tell-Tale Heart” Writing Prompt


“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

“Tell-Tale” Resources

Criminal Minds: The Case of the Tell-Tale Heart

Learning Targets – I can…

  • Comprehend and demonstrate my understanding of a text in writing and in class discussions.
  • Find, use, and cite specific evidence and examples to support my ideas about a text.


Day One Directives (in class M 10/17):

  • Find four destroyed journal entries and two secret messages on the walls — one message in Taft’s room, one in Doc’s.
    • Know what the secret messages on the wall say!
  • For each of the four journal entries, document the evidence by filling out an evidence form. At this point, you need to complete only:
    • Submitting agent (your name)
    • Submitting agency (your section)
    • Description of evidence

Day Two Directives (in class T 10/18 or W 10/19):

  • Finish filling out the evidence documentation, once you’ve been assigned a case number, know the victim’s and perp’s information, and so on.
  • Complete an Interrogation Report.
  • Submit your report and the case you’ve made to an Assistant District Attorney.
  • If approved by the ADA, submit your report and case to District Attorney Walczak.

More resources…

Is the perp lying?

Is the perp a psychopath or sociopath?

Playbuzz’s Can You Pass the Psychopath Test? — Answer the questions as the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

16 questions that doctors use to figure out if you’re a sociopath — Again, answer the questions as the narrator of “The Tell-Tale Heart.”