Plotting the Events in "The Raven"
Grade Level: 6-12
Difficulty Level: 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment: Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards:
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
A common use case for storyboard that is for students to create a Plot Diagram of the events from a novel. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of a plot but to reinforce major events and help students develop greater understanding for literary structures.
Poe’s “The Raven is perhaps one of the most unmistakable poems ever written. With its morbid obsession, eerie tone, and captivating imagery it is a poem that is hard to forget.
One activities which can significantly help students to grasp the concepts and understand what is going on in the poem is to have them create a Plot Diagram of the events in the poem. Because of the narrative style in which it was written and the lengthy number of stanzas with repetition the poem also falls under the category of a ballad. The Sstudent then can use the familiar plot diagram to track the events, thoughts, and interactions of the main character and the raven in the poem.
Example Plot Diagram:
- Introduction (Setting/Time)
- Rising Action (Protagonist/Antagonist/Point of View)
- Falling Action (What is Learned)
- Conclusion (Theme)
The Raven By Edgar Allen Poe Setting is a home where a man sits sleepily in his chair, at midnight on a bleak December day.
The man is distraught over the loss of his loved one, Leanor.
Suddenly he hears a knocking, tapping, rapping at his chamber door. He soon finds out it is a raven. Not his love, Leanor.
After a lengthy conversation with the bird the speaker asks if he will ever see Leanor again and the Raven replies; 'nevermore'.
Angry with the birds answer the speaker kicks him out!
The sorrow and sadness that comes with the loss of a loved one is something that can never be undone.