The Raven Project Ideas

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Are you looking for a new take on studying Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'The Raven'? These projects include visual representation, modernization, continuation, and imitation of the classic poem.

''The Raven''

Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem ''The Raven'' appears in many high school curricula and is referenced periodically in popular culture. The famous bird with his cry of ''Nevermore,'' as well as the story, symbolism, and poetic structure, all make the poem an excellent subject of study. After reading ''The Raven'' with your high school class, try some of these projects to help your students dig deeper into the poem and interact with Poe's genius.

Project: Visual Representation

Objective: Create a visual representation of the poem ''The Raven''

Materials: Various

  • Students work with a partner or small group to create a visual representation of the poem ''The Raven.''
  • Visuals should include an image for each stanza, presented in a logical order.
  • Visuals might take the form of a booklet, tri-fold presentation board, timeline, or other visual of the student's choice.
  • The project should come with a presentation of the imagery found in the poem and an explanation of how the visual presents the imagery.

Project: Updated Version

Objective: Write an updated version of ''The Raven''

Materials: Paper and pencil

  • Students read ''The Raven'' and analyze the story and imagery contained in the poem.
  • Students write an updated version with a modern twist, as if the narrator were living and writing today. Students may want to view other classics that have been modernized, such as the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet or the movie Ten Things I Hate About You (a modernization of The Taming of the Shrew).
  • The update should be accompanied by an explanation of the student's changes and the reasoning behind the changes that were made.
  • Updates might include updates in presentation, such as making ''The Raven'' into a graphic novel or an original song.

Project: Comparison

Objective: Compare ''The Raven'' with another poem by Edgar Allen Poe

Materials: Poems by Poe, poster board or access to power point

  • Students read several poems by Edgar Allen Poe.
  • Students work with a partner and choose one poem to compare with ''The Raven.''
  • Students prepare a presentation of their poem comparisons. Presentations should include:
    • read-aloud of both poems
    • visual aides (poster or power point)
    • analysis of rhyme scheme, subject matter, imagery, and poetic devices (alliteration, assonance, consonance, etc.)

Project: Book of Raven Rhymes

Objective: Analyze the rhyme scheme of ''The Raven'' and rewrite it using different rhyme scheme options

Materials: Paper and pencil

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