Last year, we did the Raven with students. The lesson went fairly well, but I made some tweaks for round two.
This year, we did the entire lesson in 1 day instead of 3.
In my district, Nevada day & Halloween fall on the same day, so the kids didn't have school on the 31st. We celebrated on the 30th instead. Those same lucky kids have off next Monday AND Tuesday because teachers have staff development. I'd love a five day weekend too, but I'll settle for three.
Since the day before Halloween and their epic weekend can be a tad challenging behavior wise (and their costumes don't help!), I wanted a hands-on, engaging task before their costume parade.
I read the first stanza of the Raven after we reviewed elements of poetry. They then did a close read on the rest of the poem with their neighbors and I think they did a great job!
We then watched two different video clips on Teacher tube. We compared and contrasted the video clips before talking about the multimedia elements that contributed to the video's meaning.
They had a great time doing this grade-appropriate Halloween activity!