Comparative Close Reading Poetry Analysis: "All that lives must die..." - Shakespeare

Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Emily Dickinson's "Because I could not stop for death . . ." are the focus of a series of close reading exercises that help learners develop their skill reading challenging text. Using the provided worksheets, groups highlight imagery in the poems in order to compare the attitude toward death expressed by the two poets. The instructional activity ends with individuals crafting a compare/contrast essay. The packet includes specific directions for all activities and all worksheets and graphic organizers.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • The activities model how to annotate text and how to use annotations to answer text-based questions
  • Links to readings of the two poems are provided
  • The activities are carefully scaffolded
Cons

  • None