Poetry can be challenging for even the highest achievers, but there is a way to actively engage ALL of your students, even nonnative speakers. Readers Theater is a fun and entertaining way to strengthen students’ reading comprehension for a specific text. "Ye' Ole Annoying Bird" is a readers theater script for use with Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." The script takes the poem and simplifies some of the complex language aspects, while still keeping the important content that makes Poe one of the masters of American literature. Like the poem, it has a somber ending.