Welcome to Mud and Ink! This is a place for high school English teachers looking for powerful lessons on reading and writing. If you're looking for a rigorous, yet Halloween-themed lesson for the upcoming holiday, check out this lesson on "The Raven"!
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most world-renown story tellers and poets in the genre of Gothic fiction and poetry. This lesson takes students through a variety of tasks and addresses several of the Common Core State Standards.
Students will read and annotate for a purpose through "The Raven". At the end of their reading (which could be done individually, as a whole class, in pairs, jigsaw, etc), the students have a 4-Square to answer questions about the poem using the annotations that they created while reading.
Finally, the students get to try their own version of Poe's poem written in his style. Through guided practice, students will try to harness the power of the Gothic!
THIS PRODUCT INCLUDES:
1. Copy of the poem "The Raven"
2. Annotation guide for "The Raven"
3. 4-Square answer sheet
4. Guided practice on writing style
5. Space to write an original Gothic poem
I hope this lesson brings a lot of fun and great conversation into your classroom. Please let me know how it goes by leaving feedback after you've downloaded the lesson. Have a great, spooky, safe Halloween!
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