The road not taken

Words: 101-200

Skills: Figurative Language Theme

Grades: 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th

Topics: Realistic Fiction

Genres: Poetry

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CCSS: Reading: Literature

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The Road Not Taken


by Robert Frost

This poem by Robert Frost about life's choices is perhaps his most famous. Students will read the poem and then reply to questions on the figurative language and the theme.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. In this poem, Robert Frost is comparing a path through the woods to what?



2. The poet says "Yet knowing how way leads on to way, / I doubted if I should ever come back." What does he mean by "how way leads on to way"?




3. What does trodden mean here: "And both that morning equally lay / In leaves no step had trodden black?



4. The poet says, "I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." Have you ever taken a road "less traveled"? If so, did it make a difference to you? How?