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The Mending Wall by Robert Frost Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is the meaning behind Robert Frost's poem 'The Mending Wall?' This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to guide students through an analysis of the poem. An activity allows them to create visual representations of the poem.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the style of Robert Frost's poem The Mending Wall
  • identify elements of formal structure in the poem
  • discuss the meaning behind the poem

Length

45 to 60 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.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • 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.9-10.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

Materials

  • Photocopies of the full text of Robert Frost's poem The Mending Wall
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Over-sized index cards
  • Colored pencils

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