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So, in class, we’ve been working on Narratives and we’ve been working on uses of quotation marks. And, as it’s getting near to Halloween, I thought I’d toss in a Poetry Friday lesson for the kids. We read “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a bit much for 5th graders but I promised them that it was moody and dark and creepy. Most of them felt it — heck, for me, as I read it, I got goosebumps a little bit (yea, I’m that good at reading aloud! 🙂 ) Also, we are lucky enough to have a lot of ravens at our school so we get to see and hear them everyday.

The best part of it all was the fantastic discussion that we had afterwards. I had intended that they read through it and point out words and phrases that set the dark setting. Imagine my surprise when one of them pops up and tells us all who Pallas was and gave me a chance to talk about why the author included the bust of Pallas as the resting place for the Raven. Fantastic.

This lesson is definitely NOT going in the “Nevermore” category! 🙂

One more thing, I found a great resource for teaching this poem. The Interactive Raven — check it out!