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NCTE: Exploring The Raven

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will read The Raven and give a brief synopsis of the poem. This activity presents a classic American poem to let students gain a better understanding of Poe's use of alliteration, symbolism, and rhyme.

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 StudyCards(tm) and NoteFolio(tm) Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Since there are 18 stanzas in the poem, assign one stanza to each student in the class to read aloud. Give the students 10 minutes to read the entire poem, and then to reread the stanza assigned to them for oral presentation.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) and 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

    After students have a better of idea of what The Raven is about and have better grasped Poe's use of rhyme and alliteration, they should be prepared to think of ways that the poem would be written in contemporary English; how they would write The Raven in their own words.