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.
  4. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Modern Day Adaptations: Parody and Satire

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.

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