Introduction: This poem by Robert Frost is one of my favorites. It has, however, taken a long
time for it to become one of my favorites. As a sixth grade student, I had to memorize the poem and recite it in
front of the entire class, which I found to be a very traumatic experience. For years after that, I disliked this
poem and most all poetry that followed. As an adult, I have since grown to understand and enjoy the poem "Stopping by
Woods on a Snowy Evening." Through this lovely, lyrical poem you can experience the many wonders of the winter season.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Taken from Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Dutton Books (2001)
Extension: Prior to the lesson record yourself reading the poem and write the poem on
chart paper. Read the poem to the students with expression. Reread the poem as the students follow along
using the poem printed on the chart paper and have the students echo your reading. Practice this several times.
Have pairs of students practice echo reading the poem until they become fluent. Once the students have achieved fluency,
they can practice reading the poem with expression and dramatic pauses without the aid of the tape.
Have students discuss the activities that you can do in the snow or the beautiful scenery snow creates.
They could try writing their own poem about snow using some of these ideas.