Lesson Plan Title : The Road Not Taken and Song of the Open Road

Age Range: Grade 9 through grade 12 (High School)

Objectives: Students will be able to read, analyze, and comprehend the poems The Road Not taken by Robert Frost and Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman through the utilization of graphic organizers. Students will be able to understand the meaning of symbolism and will apply such comprehension to an evaluation of the two poems. Students will be able to compare and contrast the two poems by completing various graphic organizers including a Venn Diagram.

Key vocabulary: Compare, contrast, path, henceforth, whimper, querulous, content, diverge, undergrowth, fair, trodden, sigh.


dictionary, thesaurus, line paper, pen, pencil, markers, Literature textbook, construction paper, magazines, scissors, glue stick, teacher generated, worksheets, and transparencies


The teacher will direct students through activities that will allow students to evaluate their generated predictions about the story. The teacher will lecture on theme by presenting a power point presentation. The teacher will prepare a presentation on the vocabulary words of the week. The teacher will lecture on verb phrases and will model to the students how verb phrases can be identified and created. The teacher will guide students into the reading of the story, 'Two Kinds" and into the evaluation of theme in the same story. In addition, the teacher will lead students into justifying/ not justifying the actions of the story's characters. The teacher will generate and present handouts that will allow students to define and identify various figurative language terms. Similarly, the teacher will design and implement activities that will allow students to practice their understanding of figurative language.


Journal: Analyze the poems by explaining what are some of the things you need to know about poetry to help you Understand poems better.

Vocabulary test, Compare and contrast collage, active reading graphic organizer.


Extended time will be given to students who need it. Various scaffolding techniques will be utilized for students requiring extra help, including "chunking" of assignments and one on one teaching.