The Road Not Taken Lesson Plan
Lesson objective: Students will be able to explain the meaning of the poem.
Length: 1 class period (50 minutes)
Robert Frost (1874-1963) is one of the most famous American poets. He won many Pulitzer prizes (the highest award for writers in the US) and was a poet laureate (a poet appointed by a country to write poems for official ceremonies).
- diverge (v.) - to separate
- wood (n.) - a forest
- undergrowth (n.) - the forest floor
- fair (adj.) - beautiful
- claim (n.) - a possession
- wear (n.) - usage
- tread (v.) - to take steps on something (trodden = past participle)
- sigh (n.) - a sound made by breathing out heavily
- age (n.) - a long period of time
- hence (adv.) - at a future time
Read and discuss the The Road Not Taken:
- Stanza 1 - The roads are a metaphor for choices in life. Yellow means that it was autumn. The writer can choose only one path and he takes time to think about it, looking down the first one as far as he can
- Stanza 2 - The writer takes the other path and feels good about his choice. However, both of the paths were pretty much the same (ie. used equally by others)
- Stanza 3 - The writer hopes to try the other path in future but doubts that he ever will since every path leads on to more and more choices and there is not usually time to go back and try all the options
- Stanza 4 - The writer says that he will remember this choice in the far future with a sigh (could be a happy or a sad sigh). At that time he will tell himself that his choice was the best and that it made a big difference in his life (whether or not this is actually true is not the point -- we usually end up convincing ourselves that our choices were the right ones).
The theme of the poem is that our choices do make a big difference in our lives and that there is no way to go back and change them.
Rhyming scheme = ABAAB, CDCCD, etc.
- What choices have you made in your life that you are happy about? Which ones would you like to go back and change?
- Should people be free to make their own choices or is it better to follow parents and society?