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

This Connecting Poetry to Your Life: “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and Bruce Hornsby activity & project also includes:

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.

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Pros

  • Extension ideas, assessment criteria, and copies of the two poems are all included
  • The poster mentioned in the lesson is accessible through the link at the very beginning of the plan
  • A nicely sequenced plan that allows time for discussion, collaboration, and writing
Cons

  • Some procedures are vague; for example, you may need to flesh out for your pupils what editing and revising really means
  • The plan lists an audio recording of Bruce Hornsby's "The Road Not Taken," but does not include a link to a recording