This is a highly graphic and interactive 5-slide PowerPoint presentation complete with custom transitions and animations, along with active hyperlinks to many Poe websites,including a Poe "museum, a Simpsons spoof of the famous "Raven," and more!
The PPT is to be utilized in any ELA course in which you have a mystery/horror and/or Poe-focused unit (or mini-unit!). When you wish to introduce this classic American horror figure and/or the genre of mystery and/or horror, this is a wonderful place to start. Everything here is done for you: you just have to change the date on the opening slide and possibly the learning targets or goals for the class period!
Here, students will be invited to:
a.) Identify prior knowledge of either the mystery or horror genre (as a warm-up)
b.) Turn and talk with one another to share and build knowledge together on the genres mentioned above
c.) Identify prior knowledge (or assumptions!) about Poe himself
d.) Read the poem "The Raven" with or without the hyperlinked audio recording of (the phenomenal) Christopher Walken reading the poem in its creepy entirety
e.) Analyze the mood -- whole group discussion/analysis or up to you
f.) Compare and contrast the original poem with a now-classic parody provided by the Fox series The Simpsons (hyperlinked)
g.) Power-read a document (hyperlinked for your printing needs) for key information, such as who what when where why how, etc.
h.) Take a formal or informal quiz (depending on time, formative assessment needs, etc.) on what we have learned this class period on Poe (also, hyperlinked as all above)
i.) Finally, there is a learning target focused on higher-level vocabulary building, which refers not only to reading/listening to "The Raven," but moving into a larger Poe unit, potentially moving to reading his classic horror piece, "The Tell-Tale Heart" (PPT and/or PDF mini-unit plan also available in my store); you may or may not want to delete this piece re: vocabulary from the slideshow, depending on how much time you are able to devote to this American author and his works and/or the genre of mystery/horror.
With this PowerPoint notes/activity, you are drawing on students' abilities to work within the mid-higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (eg. moving beyond comprehension to application, analysis, and evaluation) AND inviting students to develop 21st Century Skills according to Common Core standards of critical thinking/media literacy, etc. This item packs a lot into one printable, graphic, detailed slideshow!
Thanks for checking out my TpT store, and I would appreciate your feedback as to how you use this in your class(es). Thanks very much!