Poetry (fiction), 1,090 words, Level Z2 (Grade 5+), Lexile NP
The Raven is a classic American poem famous for its dark themes, foreboding tone, and clever rhythms and rhymes. Eighteen stanzas take the reader on a journey through the troubled mind of the poem's narrator, a young man who sits alone in his study, depressed and agonizing over the loss of his beloved Lenore. Disturbed by a sudden knocking, the man soon finds himself in a strange conversation with a raven, which brings ominous implications for the increasingly distraught narrator.
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Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand the poem
Make Inferences/Draw Conclusions : Make inferences and draw conclusions about the text
Grammar and Mechanics
Adjectives : Identify and use adjectives
Onomatopoeia : Identify and understand the use of onomatopoeia
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