Museum of the Arts


ELA and Art

  • 30-45 Minutes


Lesson Overview:

Lead a class discussion is how students make decisions when they are faced with a choice between two options. What do they place value in? What does not weigh into their decision?

Group read the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. Then divide students into four small groups. Have each small group take a stanza and synthesize what the stanza means to them into one sentence.


Step 1: As a large group, look at all of the summarized stanzas and decide on the overall essential understanding from the poem. Bring the conversation back to their beginning thoughts about making choices.

Step 2: View the video A Day in the Life: that explains how museum curators make choices about what to include in their collections. How do they make their choices? Do they “take the road less traveled” or do they use pieces that are more well known? Why?

Step 3: Ask students to think about a choice they made that represented forging their own path. They must then create a way to present this choice using either visual art, drama, music or dance. Presentations should be no more than 30 seconds.


Synthesis of Key Concepts

Design a rubric that measures the ability of students to synthesize details into an overarching thought. Apply the rubric to both the poetry synthesis activity and the museum presentations.