Finding the Theme in Poetry Mending Wall

Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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Help your middle school students identify the theme in poetry with these resources! Included is a Slides Presentation and worksheets designed to guide students through the process of understanding a poem and determining its meaning.

Designed to utilize Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," this learning activity will help you lead your students through the process of determining what a poem is all about and the theme or observation the poem makes about life.

This lesson can be used in a traditional classroom setting OR digitally with distance learning activity!

What's Included:

  • General Teacher Guidelines and Instructions
  • Lesson outline with step-by-step teacher instructions.
  • Link to Engaging Google Slides Presentation that will guide you and your students through the lesson and the activities.
  • Student assignment practicing identifying the topic and theme of Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"
  • A basic student-friendly interpretation of the poem for teacher use (used mainly to help differentiate instruction for lower-level students) allows all students to understand "Mending Wall."
  • Answer Key for assignment.

Lesson Outline:

  • Introduction of Topic and Themein Poetry
  • Discussion on the Importance of Building Background Knowledge when reading Poetry.
  • Building and Activating Background Knowledge for Robert Frost's "Mending Wall."
  • Practice Reading Poetry and Connecting to Background Knowledge
  • Independent Practice identifying topic and theme in poetry.

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Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


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