Through close reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, student's learn to analyze for setting and mood by connecting the poem's words and phrases with the mood created by Poe's poem. In his day, Poe's performance of The Raven earned him rock star status. This lesson plan includes a step by step guide that will not only have your students learning to connect words and phrases to setting and mood, but will also have your students connecting to the poem itself, and perhaps to Edgar Allan Poe. (Being from Baltimore, and having many Raven's fans in my classroom each year, the students feel especially accomplished when they've realized they've learned the real reason for the team name, and Poe the mascot.) In this step by step lesson plan, you not only teach students to select words that describe setting, but you also guide them into making the connection that mood is part of setting and can be manipulated by the words the author chooses to include in describing that setting. After identifying setting/mood words in the poem, students create a drawing of the room in the poem, connecting it to their text support. I have also included separate activity directions for students, and a teacher rubric for grading the student work product. I teach this lesson every year (usually in October, 2 or 3 weeks before Halloween), because it consistently really seems to stick with the students, so much so that mood becomes something the students identify readily and easily (with text support) throughout the rest of the year. This lesson plan also includes fun/engaging facts on Edgar Allan Poe; online links to a teacher's guide to The Raven, Cumming's study guide; a great online text of the poem, without notations, for the students; and 3 different readings of the poem by 3 different actors, one of whom is Christopher Walken. (I usually choose one actor's reading for the duration of the lesson, but after completing the activity, we usually listen to the other two readings and choose our favorite one.) The lesson usually takes two class periods (2 hours). (The first part is best done by the regular classroom teacher, but a substitute could easily support the follow-up activity.) Have fun!