Monday: Students who have finished their Imagination project studied Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven”. We listened to the audio recording available on the Google Drive, and learned about the basic plot and main themes of the poem.
We then focused on its use of literary techniques, using the first three stanzas to find examples of the techniques listed below. Students were assigned individual stanzas to annotate on Google Docs showing any 5 of the following:
- internal rhyme
- definition of a difficult word
Tuesday: Students who completed their project work got caught up with our study of the Raven.
Wednesday: After completing the annotations, students then write a stanza of original poetry imitating the rhyme and meter of “The Raven”. The poem does not need to be especially creative or deep–we are merely working on writing understandable lines in rhyme and meter, and strengthening our understanding of the form the “The Raven.”
Thursday: We look at Gustave Doré’s illustrations for “The Raven”, adding the appropriate illustration to our annotated stanzas on Google Docs and writing a description of the interesting details and overall intent of the illustrations.