Lesson Plan

Robert Frost Prompts the Poet in You

A great poem begins with an idea, an image, or an event that evokes a feeling. Middle schoolers read biographical information about Robert Frost and then identify details in three of his poems that reflect his life. Using suggestions listed on the "Great Poetry Prompt" poster, class members craft a prompt that they can use to generate their own poems in Frost's style that connect to their world and experiences.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge and create a poster of the "A Great Poetry Prompt" and mount it in the classroom
  • Invite class members to copy the three Frost poems on chart paper and display them near the poetry prompt poster
Classroom Considerations
  • Some learners may need additional support making the connection between the poetry prompts and crafting their own poems
  • Requires copies of supporting materials
  • Includes a model poetry prompt
  • Extension suggestions are also included
  • Although a rubric is not included for the poems, suggested criteria for evaluating them are provided