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 for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Poe’s “The Raven" is one of the most recognizable poems ever written. It's narrative style, many stanzas, and repetition makes this ballad readily memorable. With the morbid obsession, eerie tone, and captivating imagery, it is hard to forget.
Creating a Plot Diagram of the events in the poem can significantly help students to grasp key concepts and events. Student then can use the familiar plot diagram to track the actions, thoughts, and interactions of the main character and the raven.
Example Plot Diagram:
- Introduction (Setting/Time)
- Rising Action (Protagonist/Antagonist/Point of View)
- Falling Action (What is Learned)
- Conclusion (Theme)
“The Raven" is set in at midnight on a bleak December night, as a man dozes in his chair.
The man is distraught over the loss of his loved one, Leanore.
Suddenly, he hears a knocking, tapping, rapping at his chamber door. He discovers it is a raven.
After a lengthy conversation with the bird, the speaker asks if he will ever see Leanore again. 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 can never be undone.