Dark Romanticism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the characteristics of Dark Romanticism through a close reading of a poem. They will also analyze mood and diction before practicing some public speaking and creative writing.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the characteristics of Dark Romanticism.
  • analyze a literary work for qualities of Dark Romanticism.


Approximately 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Materials Needed

Activity Instructions

Mood in ''The Raven''

  • Write ''Dark Romanticism'' on the board.
  • Explain that today's lesson will uncover the characteristics of a literary movement called Dark Romanticism. Lead a class discussion in which students predict the characteristics of Dark Romanticism.
  • Move the class into groups of 3-4 and distribute copies of ''The Raven.''
  • Each group should read the poem out loud at least twice, each reading given by a different student.
  • Ask groups to come to a consensus on the mood for the poem.
  • Next, ask them to circle all the words that really stand out to them. They will probably pick words like ''dreary'' and ''bleak'' -- dark words that give this poem its gloomy tone.
  • Go around the room and have groups call out their words.

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