This poetry analysis lesson serves as an introduction to the novel Ethan Frome. Ideally, you would teach this lesson after students have read through the prologue or chapter one of Ethan Frome.
In this lesson, students consider the way that two noteworthy American poets have examined winter. Specifically, students will look at a poem from Wallace Stevens and a poem from Robert Frost. Through a series of analysis questions, students will interpret the connotative power of the poets' language and lay the groundwork for talking about Edith Wharton's own use of setting and language.
Included in this lesson are:
- A detailed lesson plan for executing the lesson in your classroom
- A reproduction of the Stevens and Frost poems
- A set of analysis questions about the poems (with one transitional question connecting the poetry to Ethan Frome)
- An "answer key" with suggested responses to the analysis questions
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This lesson is also available as part of our comprehensive
Ethan Frome Unit Bundle (click here)
In the complete unit bundle, you will receive:
- A vocabulary bundle with 4 vocabulary lists, 4 vocabulary quizzes with answer keys, plus additional differentiated vocabulary activities
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- A PowerPoint presentation on Naturalism with an accompanying lesson on analyzing Naturalist components of the book
- This introductory lesson that asks students to analyze poems
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on introducing mood and setting that works well toward the beginning of instruction
- A three-lesson bundle with PowerPoints, worksheets, and "Teacher's Keys" on setting analysis, specifically focused on getting at the symbolic value of passages through close reading
- A "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson that asks students to consider the ideas of the book from various expert perspectives
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- A lesson that asks students to consider the intersections between the book and a classic song by the rock band the Smiths
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support