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NCTE: Exploring The Raven as a Symbol

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students describe what the raven figure symbolizes in The Raven by writing a brief monologue and sharing it with the class. This activity prompts deeper consideration of what Poe was trying to represent in the character (the raven).

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Students should have their devices and keyboards ready for typing.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors, subjects, and genres.
  • Understand and identify the distinguishing features of the major genres and use them to aid their interpretation and discussion of literature.
  • Identify significant literary elements (including metaphor, symbolism, foreshadowing, dialect, rhyme, meter, irony, climax) and use those elements to interpret the work.
  • Recognize different levels of meaning.
  • Read aloud with expression, conveying the meaning and mood of a work.
  • Evaluate literary merit based on an understanding of the genre and the literary elements.
  • Present responses to and interpretations of literature making references to the literary elements found in the text and connections with their personal knowledge and experience.
  • Produce interpretation of literary works that identify different levels of meaning and comment on their significance and effect.
  • Write stories, poems, essays, and plays that observe the conventions of the genre and contain interesting and effective language and voice.
  • After the Activity

    Students should be directed to do Internet and library searches for more works by Edgar Allan Poe and works that analyze and critique The Raven for a greater appreciation and understanding of the author's style.

    Note: A good source is the Web site of The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore at www.eapoe.org/works/index.htm