by Robert Frost
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What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You
- Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
What makes up a person’s identity? Some scientists would say it’s a person’s genes — the traits that are passed down by a person’s mother and father. Other people might say it’s a person’s reputation. In “What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You,” Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., has a different take on what makes a person who they are.Pair “What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You” with “The Road Not Taken” for students to explore the nature of memory in identity. Ask students to reflect on their own memories and any past choices that have informed their lives today.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
- Robert Frost
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets in history. At first glance, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is a rather simple poem — a man pausing his horse to observe a wintery landscape before moving on — but its carefully constructed lines, like the woods, hold a deeper power.Pair “The Road Not Taken” with “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and ask students to compare the two poems. How does Frost utilize nature and imagery in each poem? What kind of journey does each narrator take?
Sadie and Maud
- Gwendolyn Brooks
In Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “Sadie and Maud,” two sisters lead very different lives due to the choices they have made.Pair “The Road Not Taken” with “Sadie and Maud” and ask students to discuss how Frost’s poem applies to Sadie’s decision not to go to college. How does the tone of Frost’s poem compare to that of Gwendolyn Brooks? What are the two poems’ opinions on taking the road less traveled?