MENDING WALL by Robert Frost - Close Reading & Text

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Arlene Manemann
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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14 pages
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For Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" this Close Reading lesson gives students the opportunity to read, react, read again, and reflect on the deeper meanings. Included are -

- First Impression graphic response page

- Close Focus Questions, side-by-side with the text of the poem

- Instructions for students to mark as they reread

- Analysis page for the structure of the poem

- Analysis page for underlying messages and theme

- Essential Question, with room for student responses

- Teacher Suggestions

- Puzzle page for early finishers

All answers included.

Aligns with CCSS ELA R 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; W 1 &; 2

For other Robert Frost lessons, click here:

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I also sell a bundle of four of Frost's poems.

Four Frost Poems

Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough 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 analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


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