Poetry (fiction), 1,090 words, Level Z2 (Grade 5+), Lexile NP
The Raven is a classic American poem famous for its dark themes, foreboding tone, and clever rhythms and rhymes. Eighteen stanzas take the reader on a journey through the troubled mind of the poem's narrator, a young man who sits alone in his study, depressed and agonizing over the loss of his beloved Lenore. Disturbed by a sudden knocking, the man soon finds himself in a strange conversation with a raven, which brings ominous implications for the increasingly distraught narrator.
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Classics Lesson Plan
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Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand the poem
Make inferences and draw conclusions about the text
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and use adjectives
Identify and understand the use of onomatopoeia
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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