Group Analysis: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

The English Magpie

16_08_25-snow-scene_web.jpgA combination of jigsawing and students on the move (though this time it’s the poem on the move) this activity gets the class working together to analyse a poem. You can either split the class into four groups (one for every stanza) or you can split them into eight groups. If you have a big enough class I think eight groups is a good idea because you will probably end up with a much wider response to the same poem and a few more original ideas. Though the two halves (four groups in each) will work independently from one another. Here is this lovely poem by Frost:

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 Here’s how the group analysis works:

  1. Give each group a copy of the poem (ideally on A3 with lots of room to annotate). Then give each group a responsibility for a stanza for which they must come up with 5 questions. These questions should…

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