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High [9th-12th] Worksheet

Symbolism Design Analog

Created on April 22, 2013 by Krosko

The Design Analog is created to help students interpret and summarize a verse from the Edgar Allen Poe poem The Raven (which will then be turned into an illustration). This worksheet guides students through creating visual analogies and images to help reinforce the concepts of symbolism, and collect their thoughts for the sketching process. The illustrations are then added together in Movie-Maker and narrated by the students to create a movie and reading of the poem.

9 Keeps, 1 Likes, 1 Comments

5 sessions; 40 minutes per session

SWBAT interpret text to find meaning and mood.
SWBAT create and collect images that reflect meaning visually.
SWBAT compare and contrast literary symbolism with visual symbolism.
SWBAT create meaning and express mood through imagery.
SWBAT use value to create form.
SWBAT express mood and feeling through voice narration.

1. The Raven poem
2. The Design Analog
3. illustration board
4. graphite pencils (water soluble)
5. kneaded and vinyl erasers
6. electric erasers
7. iPad and teacher produced electronic iBook
8. The Raven app, Popplet app

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1. Students read The Raven and select their favorite verse.
2. Teacher lead discussion/PowerPoint of Symbolism, the Symbolists (touching on Romanticism) and just what illustration is (and how it differs from other forms of drawing).
2A. Follow up with students looking at Symbolism Book (teacher generated) and follow up with discussion.
3. Students look at Poe iBook (teacher generated) part 1, and begin to use design analog to analyze and interpret their verse (as well as the entire poem).
4. Students create sketches based on their analogs.
5. Students explain interpretations to class, along with sketches (we used Apple TV and iPads).
6. Demonstration of proper technique for using water soluble pencils.
7. Creation of final drawings.
8. Students scan drawings.
9. Discussion and demo of how to express mood through narration.
10. Students record their voice overs (their verse).
11. Final film is generated form all the bits and pieces.

Students are assessed with rubric based on the required criteria for the assignment.

Bottom of page teachers will see all rubrics, PowerPoints and iBooks;

Three years worth of The raven films on Keith Rosko's Vimeo site;

William Blake, Francisco de Goya, Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, Henri Rousseau

Conceptual Art, Dadaism, Gothic, Romanticism, Symbolism

Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Emphasis, Rhythm/Pattern

Charcoal, Drawing, Graphite, Pencil

English/Language Arts, Multicultural Studies, Technology

  • mhonel 05/27/2013 at 07:16am
    My English teaching friend and I are always looking for cross curricular porjects. This is a keeper ; )