Out, Out by Robert Frost Lesson Plan

Instructor: Hilary Reeser

Hilary has a B.A. in History, M.Sci. in Psychology and has taught secondary Social Studies, English and AP Psychology over her 17 year teaching career.

After analyzing Robert Frost's poem 'Out, Out', groups will create an analysis booklet of the poem. This booklet will cover diction, imagery, foreshadowing, symbolism, shift, tone, contrast and theme.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define major literary devices
  • Apply major literary devices to 'Out, Out' by Robert Frost
  • Analyze the poem 'Out, Out' by Robert Frost
  • Apply their own personal perspectives to the poem 'Out, Out' by Robert Frost


45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10

By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Materials Needed


  1. Hand out a copy of the poem 'Out, Out' by Robert Frost to each student. Have them read it silently to themselves.
  2. Read the poem again out loud to the students.
  3. Ask students to volunteer to summarize the poem out loud.
  4. Hand out a copy of the lesson Robert Frost's 'Out, Out' Summary & Analysis to each student.
  5. Read through the lesson with students, adding any additional information you see fit.
  6. Do a check for understanding by having each student complete the quiz and worksheet.

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