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alliteration 2

the raven 2

  • What are the main words in this Word Cloud?


  • What are the names mentioned and what is the atmosphere in the poem?

Summary of the Poem

It is midnight on a cold evening in December in the 1840s. In a dark and shadowy bedroom, wood burns in the fireplace as a man laments the death of Lenore, a woman he deeply loved. To occupy his mind, he reads a book of ancient stories. But a tapping noise disturbs him. When he opens the door to the bedroom, he sees nothing–only darkness. When the tapping persists, he opens the shutter of the window and discovers a raven, which flies into the room and lands above the door on a bust of Athena (Pallas in the poem), the goddess of wisdom and war in Greek mythology. It says “Nevermore” to all his thoughts and longings. The raven, a symbol of death, tells the man he will never again (“nevermore”) see his beloved, never again hold her—even in heaven (from Cummings study Guide)

Below you’ll find a Spanish version of the poem:


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Here you’ll find a brief summary of Ligeia.

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Edgar Allan Poe


(by Mercedes Ariza)

I Vocabulary: Match the words with their definitions
1    To pass away    
2    Foster child       
3    To go into debt 
4    To gamble        
5    Bizarre             
6    Tavern       
7    Creepy              
8   Barely        
9    To make a living 
a   To earn money
b   Something that gives you a feeling of fear
c   Strange
d   To die
e   Someone adopted by another family 
f    To owe money
g   Place where people eat and drink
h   To take a risky action or decision in the hope of gaining money or an advantage
i    It indicates that the thing that you are talking about is only just true
II Answer the following questions:

1     Underline the type of literature Poe wrote: fiction, biography, poetry, criticism, horror
2     Poe was a master of ………………………………………..
3     He was called by many the father of …………………
4     When and where was Poe born?
5     What happened to him when he was two years old?
6     How old was he when he started to write poetry?
7     Where did he study?
8     Who did he marry?
9     What happened to her?
10  Did he earn a lot of money from his writing?
11  Why is his story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” so important?
12  When did Poe write his famous poem “The Raven”?
13  How old was Poe when he died?

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (by Charles Dickens)

Watch this video. What do you learn about Mr Scrooge?

1. Is Mr Scrooge a kind man? Why not?
2. Who is Marley?
3. What does Bob Cratchit ask for?

You may also find this link useful in order to answer the questions.

Before You Read A Christmas Carol Worksheet


Chapter 1: Humbug!

Chapter 2: Marley’s Ghost

Chapter 3: Christmas Past

Chapter 4: Christmas Present

Chapter 5: Christmas to Come

The End: End


Look at these notes on all the characters and add two more sentences (you could use some of these words: Kind, hard-working, cold, happy, hopeful, loved (by others), loving (of others), mean, poor, worried.


Enjoy this excellent cartoon version!  🙂


You can also find the whole story told by a narrator here (23 minutes):

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THE SIGNALMAN (short animated film by George Roberts)

(by Mireia Xortó)

Watch the following short animated film and do the activities below:



Evaluation activity

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Charles Dickens

(by Mercedes Ariza:)
Click this link about Charles Dickens life and famous novels and answer the following questions:
1.   When was Charles Dickens born?
2.   What happened to his father in London?
3.   How old was Dickens when he began to work?
4.   Describe his first job.
5.   What other jobs did he have when he was a teenager?
6.   What was “Oliver Twist” about?
7.   Describe life in London in Victorian times.
8.   Explain the changes that took place in England between 1820 and 1870.
9.   What happened to Dickens in 1864?
10. When did Dickens die?

You are going to watch a short video where three women speak about Charles Dickens. They are Lucinda Hawksley: writer and Dickens’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Laura Peters: from the university of Roehampton, and Anna Dever: Dickens 2012 Project Manager from the British Council. Write LHLP or AD next to the things they say about  Dickens.
1.   He wrote about injustices he saw in the world in which he lived.
2.   It is quite difficult to create such a solid hero.
3.   Dickens was very concerned with gender inequality.
4.   He had at his time global interest and today he has a global popularity.
5.   You just have to be a good person to be a hero in Dickens.
6.   He was fascinated with adventure stories.
7.  He wrote journalism almost everyday of his life.
Have fun! 
Helena 🙂

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