“Choose Something Like a Star” Discussion—Applying Style to Content

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Robert Frost's "Choose Something Like a Star" and John Keats' "Bright Star" provide the text for a two-part instructional activity in which class members analyze the effects of style on meaning in poetry. Randall Thompson's song cycle from Frostiana "Choose Something Like a Star," provides an audio accompaniment to the poem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a warm-up exercise to prepare class members for the AP® exam
  • Using the 1988 AP® prompt, ask class members to craft an essay in which they compare the two poems
Classroom Considerations

  • Draws heavily on test prep materials provided by Pearsons and College Board but does not credit those sources
  • Randall Thompson's song cycle is available as a video
  • Class members should have experience analyzing poetry and comparing different poems with similar subjects


  • The detailed plan is carefully scaffolded

  • Neither the text of the required materials nor links to them are provided