7th Grade ELA : Unit #1 - Folklore : Lesson #7

"Raven and the Sources of Light"

Objective: SWBAT characterize the Raven through its various transformations in this myth.
Standards: RL.7.1 RL.7.2 RL.7.3 W.7.1b W.7.1c W.7.2
Subject(s): English / Language Arts
60 minutes
1 What do you know about Ravens? - 10 minutes

To introduce the concept of the Raven, I had students respond to the following prompt as a quick write.  quickwrite requires students to respond in 2 - 10 minutes (as appropriate) to learning in the classroom.  It is an informal assessment of student thinking.  It encourages students to reflect upon content either before, during, or after a lesson.  In this case, the quickwrite took place prior to reading.

Prompt:  Based on your knowledge of symbolism, what does a Raven symbolize?

It can be found on Screen 2 in the attached powerpoint. It includes two pictures of a Raven to assist with symbolism. This drew on the students’ prior knowledge of ravens.  We then discussed their responses.

Student Interpretation of Ravens
Connection to Prior Knowledge

This discussion was interesting to see students’ interpretation of ravens.  Many related them to crows but amazingly several wrote about the symbolism of them in TV shows and movies.  They recognized that the crow often represents evil and trickery.  Some even discussed the relationship of the raven to Native American culture.

2 Read "Raven and the Sources of Light" - 15 minutes

Students read the myth “Raven and the Sources of Light” by Donna Rosenberg.  Before reading, we diffused the word “transformation.”  During their reading, they marked the text, notating events that occurred before the transformation into the child, after the transformation into the child, and, finally, when the raven transformed back into the Raven.


3 Response about the Raven's Transformations - 25 minutes

Students organized their pre-writing ideas through the perfect paragraph format.  This format is similar to a flee map  (see power point screen 3 and 4).  They will write a rough draft for homework discussing the transformation of the Raven in this myth.  They must also include textual evidence to support their opinions and how the settings affected the Raven.