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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Graphic Novel

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings poetry to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

As a class, read Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven, aloud two times (available online).

Opening Discussion

Before reading, discuss the following:

  • Ask students what they know about Edgar Allan Poe's typical writing content.
  • Ask students to analyze the title.
  • Ask students to predict what the poem will be about based on the title and the author.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    TP-CASTT Analysis

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete during or after reading the poem.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Literary Devices

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Write and illustrate a Poster version of the poem to decorate the class.

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Write and illustrate a Graphic Novel to depict the events and ideas in the poem.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Have you reinterpreted the meaning of the title after reading the poem?
  • What is the theme or message of the poem?
  • Is there anything surprising about the content of the poem? Why or why not?
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Pixton Activity: The Raven 1 TP-CASTT Analysis

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review how to analyze poetry using TP-CASTT:

  • Title: Students predict what the poem will be about based on the title.
  • Paraphrase: Students read the poem and paraphrase it's meaning in their own words.
  • Connotation: Students examine the possible multiple figurative meanings of words or the positive or negative associations of words to analyze if the poem has a deeper meaning beyond the surface literal meaning.
  • Attitude: Students infer the author's tone or attitude toward the subject-matter based on word choice and content.
  • Shift: Students decide if there is a shift in tone in the poem and how this shift affects meaning.
  • Title: Students revisit the title to revise their interpretation of its meaning and its affect on the interpretation of the poem as a whole.
  • Theme: Students analyze the deeper meaning, purpose and message of the poem/poet.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the elements of TP-CASTT in Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the element.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Raven 2 Vocabulary

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

As a class, read Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven, aloud two times (available online).

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to illustrate the literal or symbolic meaning of at least four words from the poem:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the poem.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The Raven 3 Literary Devices

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Intro

As a class, read Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven, aloud two times (available online).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard to illustrate at least four literary devices used in the poem:

  • Label the device in the panel title.
  • Write detailed descriptions and/or dialogue to illustrate the device.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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