I needed a day or two lesson before I begin a new novel with my eighth grade students. I turned to the old anthologies collecting dust on the shelves and found the perfect work for this Halloween week (though we are not allowed to use "Halloween" at our school). I knew the social studies teacher reads "The Tell-Tale Heart" to the students, but I could read "The Raven" with them. (click HERE for copy of poem).
When doing a little background reading, I noticed many high profile actors have YouTube videos reading the poem. My favorite would be Vincent Price, but I think this would not have went over well with my students. Only one had ever heard of him--Yikes! So I found a James Earl Jones reading: The Raven. All the students appear engaged. I was impressed. One student told me she didn't like the background music in this selection, but I loved it. Worth the listen during this ominous time of year.