Activities for Teaching “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

7th - 9th

Use all of these exercises, assignments, and assessments or pick and choose your favorites for your study of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. In this resource you will find: an informational text to examine, vocabulary lists and exercises, comprehension and paraphrasing exercises, various graphic organizers, information on setting, a chance to compare literature, an activity centered around meter and rhyme scheme, an extended writing assignment about extended metaphor, a poem-writing assignment, and a quiz. Truly a wealth of resources for "The Road Not Taken."

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Connecting Poetry to Your Life: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and Bruce Hornsby

Make poetry relevant by inviting your class to participate in the prompt-writing process. To start off the process, read "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, discussing the poem with the provided questions. Next, read "The Road Not Taken" by Bruce Hornsby, inspired by the Frost poem. Then, work together to brainstorm ideas for the prompt. Finally, allow some time in class to model drafting a poem before sending individuals off to compose their own work. After editing and revising, stage a poetry reading.

Unknown Frost Poem Discovered 

What? A long-lost poem from Robert Frost? Introduce your class to a poem recently found and published from Robert Frost's personal collection. The lesson includes background information on the author, the poem itself, and a list of analysis questions to pose to student groups. The final page houses some example answers. 

Using Poetry As inspiration for Composition

A reading of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken launches an interdisciplinary study of the connection between the meter of a poem and that of a melody. Composers, including many popular musicians like Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison, often use poetry as inspiration for melodies. After identify the number of beats in each line of the poem, young musicians use music-related software to compose their own melody based on their analysis of the Frost’s poem.

Robert Frost Learning Stations

Students, while utilizing learning stations, read and analyze Robert Frost's poems from his "Frostiana" collection. They are encouraged to experience and explore poetry through different means via small groups. Within each station they are asked to complete a variety of assignments: technology/research, original work, applied creativity, and related materials.

Poems that Tell a Story: Narrative and Persona in the Poetry of Robert Frost

Middle schoolers investigate and explore the poems of Robert Frost. They read and discuss poems by Frost, define narrative and personal, write narratives in a journal, and present a dramatic reading of a poem to the class.

Dramatic Dilemmas

Middle schoolers read The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, and develop skits that deal with projecting possible long-term impacts of decisions, and taking risks.

Poetry - The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Students examine literary elements in the poem The Road Not Taken. In this poetry lesson, students explore various forms of poetry, discover figurative language and discuss what a hyperbole and metaphor are. Students also explore the significance of symbolism in poetry and how it is used in The Road Not Taken.

The Road Not Taken

Eighth graders work in small groups to write and identify aspects and parts of the poem, "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost. They create and complete a graffiti board and orally present it to the class.

Traveling Robert FrostÕs The Road Not Taken

Explore poetry with this resource featuring the work of Robert Frost. An instructor describes Frost's life and poetry in this video. It could provide a short introduction to a lesson on his poetry.

On My Honor-Marion Dane Bauer

Students read and examine the novel On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer. They choose to complete a variety of intriguing assignments on this novel. Critical thinking skills are intertwined throughout this lesson.

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