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The Road Not Taken
Eleventh graders read poem, identify themes, illustrate one of the themes in the poem with a personal experience, and write three-paragraph essay developing theme further.
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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...
9th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
Identifying Themes in Literature
If your language arts learners have a hard time determining the universal theme of a written work, use a straightforward learning exercise to help them find it. After reviewing a list of common themes, kids note the title, character,...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
More Than Rhyme: Poetry Fundamentals
One of the many challenges in creating a poetry unit is selecting illustrative poems and designing activities to accompany each lesson. Here's a carefully crafted resource that can be used as a poetry unit or the individual lessons can...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Their Eyes Were Watching God: Figurative Language
Zora Neale Hurston's beautiful language in Their Eyes Were Watching God is not only a pleasure to read, it helps to further the plot and character development. Once your class has finished Chapter 6 of the novel, have them discuss...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum
Henry David Thoreau and Linda Ronstadt? Ann Tyler and Pete Townshend? Joyce Carol Oates and Pearl Jam? This richly detailed plan pairs classic literature with contemporary music and asks learners to analyze how the theme of conformity is...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable