Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

In this lesson, students explore the poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' by Robert Frost. After considering different interpretations of the poem, students will work in groups to choose and defend their own analyses. The lesson concludes with a creative writing assignment.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the student will be able to:

  • explain at least two interpretations of the theme of the poem ''Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening''
  • defend their own interpretation of the poem
  • write a creative narrative inspired by the events of the poem


1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


Lesson Instructions

Introduce the Poem

  • Introduce the poem ''Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'' by showing the beginning of the video lesson Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: Summary, Theme & Analysis, pausing at 0:39.
  • Distribute copies of the poem. Give students a few moments to read it silently.
  • Different people read and experience poetry differently. Ask for two or three volunteers to read the poem aloud. Have students listen for differences in their tone, pace and emphasis. Briefly discuss these differences.

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