Activity Overview

With this activity, students will take Poe’s “The Raven” and adapt it for the modern day.

An excellent way to get students thinking about the poem is to have them make a modern day adaptation. To make an effective adaptation, students must understand the poem, and what makes it unique. Keeping the elements of the poem in mind, student's adaptation should parallel the plot, but may use a more modern setting, word choice, and speaker.

This adaptation of “The Raven" maintains a similar meter, and keeps the same subject matter. A proper adaptation preserves the underlying structure of the work. Students should be able to reread their first draft, and recognize the sound and feel of the original work.

The Beginning of a Modern "Raven"

Once upon a night so stormy, while I wandered with my homies,

With a pile of hero comics, from ages now long yore,

I felt a tiredness quite sapping, and went home, to start my napping.

When out of nowhere, came a scratching, scratching at my bedroom door.

I told myself, "it's just a rat", scratching at my bedroom door;

Just a rodent, nothing more.

Quickly then I did remember, Uncle Pete in last December,

Who had ignored the noisome scratching, that came at his basement door.

I took up my mag-light, fading, its batteries, they need replacing,

And forced myself up to the door...

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard of a modern day adaptation of "The Raven" and remember to keep in mind the feel and atmosphere of the original story.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Create a modern day story that mirrors the plot of "The Raven."
  3. Illustrate each scene in your story with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/6/6] Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

5 Points
3 Points
1 Points
The descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
The descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
The descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

How To Help Students Create a Modern Adaptation for “The Raven”


Organize Detailed Discussions

In order for students to create a modern adaptation of “The Raven”, they need to understand the original poem fully. Teachers can arrange one fully detailed session to discuss the original poem. Here students can discuss all aspects such as themes, important elements, structure of the poem, and how Edgar Allan Poe uses language to create that particular eerie feeling.


Brainstorm Ideas

Once the students are familiar with the objectives of the activity and the poem itself, ask them to brainstorm ideas for the modern adaptation. Students can work individually or in groups and build on each other’s ideas. Encourage the students to come up with ideas that would be relevant for the audience in today’s setting and embody the essence of the original work.


Include Contemporary Elements

Urge the students to include contemporary components that correspond with the context they have selected. Slang, cultural allusions, societal concerns, and technology may all be examples of this. Students can take inspiration from their personal lives and try to shape the story with their creativity and imagination.


Adjust the Language

Talk about the necessity to modify the language and diction to suit a contemporary audience. Encourage students to use modern vocabulary and idioms while preserving the original poem's tone and atmosphere. Students can use a combination of original words from the poem and modern vocabulary to create something interesting.


Discuss and Reflect

Ask the students to present their ideas after putting them into a proper structure and format. Discuss the various strategies used by the students in their modifications after the presentations. Discuss how this activity helped them gain some interesting insights and changed their perspective on various things.

Frequently Asked Questions About Creating a Modern Adaptation of “The Raven”

How can students add the concept of technology to the modern adaptation?

Encourage the students to think about the ways that contemporary technology can contribute to the story. To improve the narrative and its topics, this may entail utilizing cell phones, social networking sites, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or any other pertinent technical components. For instance, characters can have their own social media profiles or talk to each other through text messages.

How can creating a modern adaptation encourage critical thinking and reflection?

Students should be encouraged to consider their decisions and the effects of updating the poetry. Ask students to think about the original topics the work covers, as well as any fresh insights or viewpoints the adaptation adds. Students will be using already present information to make something new which will improve their analyzing skills and enhance their critical thinking.

This Activity is Part of Many Teacher Guides

Image Attributions
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