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I’ve put together several different parts of the Escape Room that can be used at any level. If your students are not extremely familiar with the vocabulary or the poem, you can pick and choose how to both present it and modify it to meet the needs of your students. For example, skip the crossword puzzle or give them a word bank, dictionary, or a copy of the poem. This comes as a pdf and has links to all of the activities. It takes about an hour to set-up for a 45 minute to 1 hour class.
I hope your students have as much fun with this as my students did!
Task One: The first task of the escape room is to have students solve the crossword puzzle. A few modifications you could use if your students aren’t familiar with the vocabulary: a dictionary, a word bank, and/or a copy of the poem. All team members must correctly fill out the puzzle in order to go onto part II.
Task Two: You’ll find three different pages from “The Raven” in this document. On the master copy of each one, you’ll see a word or phrase at the bottom that students have to unscramble in order to give you the code word for this section. The three different versions are to use with different classes. You could also give all three puzzles to each group to figure out before moving to part III. The codes are: nevermore, midnight dreary, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Task Three: In order to get past this section, students must use the coded alphabet to translate a part of Poe’s poem. The bolded words in the teacher’s key are linked to the codes while the highlighted words will have to be figured out by the students on their own. This is best if students are familiar with the story. I like to separate the alphabet from the activity. You could also throw in random pictures the throw them off, thinking they have to use them to figure out the phrase. After they have broken the code, have them identify that phrase in the Spanish version of the text. If they are not familiar with Spanish, they can skip to the next part.
Task Four: There are parts of this section that are not needed to complete the task, but are thrown in to keep the students guessing. I like to cut pages 2 and 3 into different sections so that the students have to process several different pieces of paper. They will get hung up on the top line being Poe’s great grandparents. As a hint, I often ask them to count the children lines that come off of the top two people. That helps keep them on the right track.
Task Five: In this section of the Escape Room, students will put the words in order to match the stanza below. The teacher should in order to challenge students, much like magnetic poetry. This is best done once the students are quite familiar with the poetry. I suggest printing them on cardstock and laminating for multiple uses. If you believe the small pieces will be too tough for your students, use the fill in the bank option on the last page.