Lesson 7: Robert Frost


Activity 1: Frost Poems

Materials: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Read the poems "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Pasture" by Robert Frost. The poems can be found at the back of Love That Dog. Analyze both of the poems on the "Frost Poems" page. To analyze a poem means to read it very closely and think about its meaning and what the poet was trying to communicate through the poem. You can also look for literary techniques the poet used.
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Review your child's analysis of the two Frost poems he read today.
Answer Key:

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

1. Deep in the woods, with no civilization nearby
2. Answers will vary.
3. Answers will vary.
4. Four

"The Pasture"

1. The setting is unclear, since the speaker is telling where he or she is going, not where he or she is.
2. First
3. Two
4. Quatrain — each stanza has 4 lines
5. Answers will vary

Activity 2: Who Is Robert Frost?

Materials: "Timeline of American History"*
Robert Frost is one of the most well-known American poets. Most of Frost's poems are about the life and landscape of New England. Read about the life of Robert Frost. You can find information about Robert Frost at the following websites:
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On the "Who is Robert Frost?" page, record ten clues about the man and his life. If you are using the "Timeline of American History," record the date of Robert Frost's birth.
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Discuss with your child what he learned about Robert Frost through his research on the famous American poet. Some basic information about Robert Frost is as follows:

Robert Frost (1874-1963), was born in San Francisco, California. His father was a journalist and his mother a teacher, exposing him to literature at an early age. When Frost was 11, his father died and Frost's mother moved the family to Massachusetts, where Frost spent his formative years. Frost attended Dartmouth and Harvard but never attained a degree. Frost enjoyed farming and wrote often of nature. Frost's poems didn't become popular until he moved to England and had his first book published at age 39. Frost wrote primarily about life in New England and followed traditional forms of poetry. He often used simple, ordinary language in his poetry, but his poems were filled with drama and emotion.

Activity 3: Verbs in Poetry

Materials: Love that Dog by Sharon Creech, My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Careful verb selection can make a poem more compelling. Read the poem "dog" at the back of the book Love That Dog. The author of this poem uses interesting verbs to describe the subject of the poem. The poem has many similarities to the poem "Gulls and Buoys" in My America. Reread the poem on page 9.

Remember that a verb can be a word that shows action (such as run and think). A verb can also link two parts of a sentence together or can help another verb. A linking verb implies a state of being or condition for the subject, not an action. It links the subject of the sentence to words about the subject. Linking verbs include is, was, am, are, were, and been. Linking verbs are often not as interesting in writing as action verbs. The author of the poem "dog" used a variety of action verbs to describe the subject. You will notice that poems usually contain few linking verbs.

Complete the page(s), "Verbs in Poetry." Ask your parent which option you should complete.
For the Venn diagram you might want to compare the theme, rhyme, number of lines per stanza, use of metaphor, etc.
Select one of the following options for your child. The first option requires the child to compare two poems using a Venn diagram. The second option requires your child to write his own poem about an animal using action verbs. The first option is the easier of the two.
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