THE DEATH of the HIRED MAN by Robert Frost - Close Reading

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Arlene Manemann
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8th - 12th, Homeschool
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This lesson for one of Robert Frost's strongest poems leads students through the emotions and acceptance involved with dying. Here, with the full text of the poem is a close reading study, including:

- a 'First Impressions' graphic organizer for the first read through,

- Close Reading focus questions for a second, more deliberative read - WITH ANSWER KEY,

- the poem itself on three pages, set up for students to mark as they go through the focus questions,

- teacher notes and suggestions, including discussion of the poet's use of blank verse,

- Analysis questions for deep reading,

- and an Essential Question page: quote, prompt, lines for student writing.

Aligns with CCSS ELA 9 - 12:

RL1, 2, 3, 4, 5

W1 and 2

For other Robert Frost poems, click here:

Mending Wall

Out, Out . . .

The Master Speed

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

Four Frost Poems

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12 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an 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 its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.


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