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#1113. Analysis of Frost's poem The Road Not Taken

Literature, level: Senior
Posted Fri Jun 25 08:29:38 PDT 1999 by Yvonne Gaudes (ygaudes@trxinc.com).
East High in Waterloo Community Schools, Waterloo, IA United States
Materials Required: Mac(7.1) or PC 486 with windows (not NT) Reading 8 Personal Compass Software
Activity Time: 2-3 days
Concepts Taught: 1.lyrical poetry, rhyme, meter 2. making a decision on career choice

LESSON PLAN OUTLINE
AMERICAN LITERATURE
COLLABORATING TEACHER YVONNE GAUDES
June 24, 1999


RESOURCES NEEDED:
Overhead projector and three to four unused transparencies and the transparencies for lyrical poetry
Text for American Literature or copies of the poem The Road Not Taken by Frost
Mac computer with system 7.1 or windows with 3.11 or 95\
Software program "Tomorrow’s promise reading grades 7 and 8 (103416) produced by Josten in 1997.
Printer

CLASSROOM ARRANGEMENT:
One computer classroom

LESSON PLAN DURATION:
Two to three days

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS:
See the end of the lesson plan for the directions for using the computer program.
This lesson plan includes a modification of the analysis requirement for a special needs student who is taking American Literature in the general education classroom.


INSTRUCTION

GAIN ATTENTION:
Teacher addresses the whole class. Question: What kind of decisions did you have to make this morning before walking into this classroom?

OBJECTIVES:
Over the next few days, we are going to concentrate on analyzing a poem by Robert Frost that deals with decision making. The poem is The Road Not Taken. We will complete these tasks:
Learn the definition of a lyrical poem.
Identify the meter and rhyme.
Describe the purpose and main idea.
Write a paragraph about what profession or job you plan
to have and why you have chosen it.

STIMULATE RECALL OF PRIOR LEARNING:
Students/teacher summarize decisions from GAIN ATTENTION

PRESENTATION OF NEW MATERIAL:
1. Overheads on lyrical poem, meter and rhyme. The overheads should include definitions and examples. For group practice, use some random poems from text. Students copy the definitions into their notebooks.

THIS IS WHERE THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS GOES TO THE COMPUTER AND USES THE SOFTWARE TO ANALYZE THE POEM. AFTER STEP 2 THE STUDENT CONTINUES WITH THE OTHER STEPS WITH THE CLASS.


2. Using their texts, students read Frost’s poem and complete the following:
Identify the meter.
Copy the first stanza and identify the rhyme scheme.
Record three examples of personalness and emotion used
by Frost.
In your own words, express the purpose and main idea of
the poem.
On a separate piece of paper write a draft paragraph
about their future profession and why they have chosen
it.

3. Students will self-evaluate for topic sentence, supporting
details and conclusion.

4. Students will read each other’s paragraph and make editing
marks that cover

Sentence fragment
Misspelled word
Lack of clarity
Punctuation.

5. Students will complete a final draft of their paragraph. Optional activity: read to class.

6. Students will hand in their work on the poem and the draft and final copy of their paragraph.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING SOFTWARE PERSONAL COMPASS

1. Turn on computer and put CD in computer.
2. Click on the Personal Compass icon.
3. Click on start icon
4. Log in by writing first and last name.
5. Click on directed version of The Road Not Taken in unit five, lesson one.
6. Click on run.
7. Follow green arrows. Do not attempt to change screen if red bars are present. You must do a task to get to the green arrows.
8. Record your score on a piece of paper.
9. Whenever you have an option to print, make sure the printer is on and click on Print.
10. When given an option to save, make sure you do.
11. When you have completed the steps for the directed version, click on log out. Repeat the process with the independent and extension versions. Record your scores for these activities and print when permitted.

HOW TO SHUT DOWN:

12. Click on log out
13. Click on quit
14. Close windows.
15. Remove CD by dragging the Personal Compass icon to trash.
16. Go to special at the top of screen and click on shut down.
17. Close CD tray.