Welcome back to another episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast! In today’s episode, we are thrilled to share a fun and engaging activity inspired by one of our EB Teachers’ Club members, Krystal Wilde. We will be diving into the world of Edgar Allan Poe and playing a game of Two Truths and a Lie to kick off your Poe unit or any literature study. Join us as we dive in for some fun in the classroom and explore the life of Edgar Allan Poe, while challenging our students’ critical thinking skills.
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[00:06:26] Caitlin and Jessica discuss a fun and engaging game that is ideal for analyzing authors and their works. This particular game is especially helpful for stories with unreliable narrators, such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
[00:07:25] To play this game, teachers will need to choose an author, and then use Chat GPT to create rounds of Two Truths and a Lie. This game can be played individually, in pairs, or in groups.
[00:18:10] Caitlin and Jessica suggest using discussion questions following the game to evaluate strategies for identifying lies, understanding the trustworthiness of information, and examining beliefs about believing everything in the information age.
[00:20:56] This same activity can be utilized in different ways in the classroom. Teachers can also have students create their own version of Two Truths and a Lie for an author study. It’s a great pre-reading activity to create excitement and fun in the classroom.
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