The Raven: Creator of the Universe?


From images of death or ill omen to images of placing the sun in the sky, the raven has captured the attention of civilizations throughout the centuries. In this lesson students will conduct research to learn about the fascinating ways and lore of the raven.

Grade level: Grades 4 – 6

Subject area: Language Arts

Learning objectives:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • Analyze the variety of ways the raven has been perceived by different cultures. 
  • Conduct research on the raven and classify the information. 
  • Design art and language activities using their knowledge of ravens.

Bookmark the following sites:

Native American Lore

Ravens and Crows – Pennsylvania Game Commission;=150475

Common Raven: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Raven Archive – bibliography

“The Raven” – E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore


Language Arts

Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing

Level 2 (Grade 3-5)

1. Uses descriptive language that clarifies and enhances ideas (e.g., common figures of speech, sensory details)

2. Uses paragraph form in writing (e.g., indents the first word of a paragraph, uses topic sentences, recognizes a paragraph as a group of sentences about one main idea, uses an introductory and concluding paragraph, writes several related paragraphs)

3. Uses a variety of sentence structures in writing (e.g., expands basic sentence patterns)

Level 3 (Grade 6-8)

1. Uses descriptive language that clarifies and enhances ideas (e.g., establishes tone and mood, uses figurative language, uses sensory images and comparisons, uses a thesaurus to choose effective wording)

2. Uses paragraph form in writing (e.g., arranges sentences in sequential order, uses supporting and follow-up sentences, establishes coherence within and among paragraphs)

3. Uses a variety of sentence structures to expand and embed ideas (e.g., complex sentences; parallel structure, such as similar grammatical forms or juxtaposed items)

4. Uses explicit transitional devices

Life Sciences (Grade 3-8)

Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment

Working With Others (Grade K-12)

Contributes to the overall effort of a group

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