This collection of resources is a compliment to any unit on Poe's "The Raven!" Included are the following:
--2 text based vocabulary lists
--1 poetic meter cheat sheet
--1 note set on poetry literary terms WITH key
--1 small group/triad activity (Transforming "The Raven" into a Children's Book)
--1 set of CCSS aligned discussion questions
Each of the included materials helps students break down the dense "Raven" into smaller chunks and examine it through different lenses.
Targeted vocabulary lists make Poe's language more accessible while the meter cheat sheet exposes students to several different types of meter. I use smaller poems to get my students comparing/contrasting poetic form and using domain specific vocabulary (Ex. "Casey at the Bat").
The note set and practice with poetic literary devices includes a key for you and encourages students to notice the subtle nuances of Poe's writing, allowing opportunities for discussion as to why Poe wrote the way he did and what effect(s) he created.
The "Transforming 'The Raven'" activity is an engaging followup activity after reading the poem. Students are grouped in triads and are each given an assigned role: Event Rewriter, Mood Identifier, or Illustration Describer. Students follow their respective directions to complete a portion of a children's book version of "The Raven." This activity encourages students to analyze the plot, language, and mood/tone of the poem and recreate it in simpler language. It's a great way for them to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the poem. Following this with the included discussion questions wraps up "The Raven" experience nicely.
I hope your students enjoy these activities as much as mine do!