Student Tours at
the Stone House
In fulfilling its mission to foster understanding and appreciation
of Frost's life and work, the museum offers a special interactive
tour designed for students in grades 4 and above. Through
the use of photographs, visualization and word games, students
will learn about basic elements of poetry and the process of creating
it. They will engage in interpretative readings of Frost's poem,
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," in the very
room where he wrote it. Students will become aware of Frost's
unique use of poetic form, style and subject matter to express
feelings we all share. Student tours are 1 hour
in length and can accommodate up to 40 students. One chaperone
per five students is requested.
Reservations and Fees .........
Schools in Bennington, Vermont
and the immediate area, grades 4 - 12, are offered free admission
and free bus
generous funding by the Turrell Foundation, Wal*mart, Bank of
Bennington and the American Legion. Reservations are taken on
a first come first served basis. Make your reservation to secure
free services while funds last.
Schools outside the Bennington area
are welcome at the following discounted rates: The teacher and
students are admitted free. Additional adults pay $4.50 admission.
Transportation is not included.
The museum is open for student tours
in May, June, September and November, from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday
through Friday. No student tours are given during the month of
October. The museum is handicapped-accessible and has a rest room
available. To schedule a tour, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use "Frost School Tour" as your subject line.
We are located in Shaftsbury, on Route 7A, 10 minutes from
most of the Bennington schools,
15 minutes from Arlington, and 30 minutes from Manchester.
- To introduce the work of Robert
Frost and give an overview of his life
- To explain three basic elements
of poetry: rhyme, meter and imagery
- To instill an understanding of
the unique characteristics of Frost's poetry: his form, style
and subject matter
- To teach an appreciation of the
process of creating poetry through visualization and rhythmic
pattern exercises and with word games
- To help the student understand
poetry as a literary art form
- Photographs of Frost and his family
and the places where he lived and wrote
- Audiotape of Frost reading his
- The tour begins in the main gallery
where the children will review the main events of Frost's life
with the help of photographs. The class will divide into three
groups, each examining a poem. Responding to a few lines, students
will talk about the feelings evoked in the poem.
- The group moves to the "Stopping
by Woods Room," where the poem was written. The museum teacher
will relate the story of how the poem was written on a hot summer
morning after Frost was awake all night working on another long
poem. The students will visualize the imagery in the poem . Students
will read the poem aloud and lastly listen to a tape of Frost
reading the poem
- Present flash cards with the poem's
rhyme words and look for those in the exhibit panel. Show the
ingenious interlocking rhyme scheme in Frost's poem.
- Examine the meter of the poem and
the stanza form. Ask the children to say a familiar nursery rhyme.
Demonstrate how some of the words are spoken differently from
the others through emphasis. Show the exhibit panel for "Stopping
by Woods," and explain the meter.
- Questions for a follow-up discussion
(Choose one or more, time permitting)
- 1) How is poetry different from
other kinds of writing?
- 2) What is this poem about? Who
is talking? Where is the person? Why do you think Frost repeats
the last line of his poem?
- 3) What does "imagination"
mean? Is it important in writing poetry? How did Frost use his
imagination when he wrote this poem.
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