In So Many Words

Language Arts/Art

Students will paint a picture after being inspired by a famous poem.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Turn down the lights, and ask students to close their eyes or rest their heads on their desks. Tell students that while you are reading, they should try to picture the scene you are describing in their imaginations. Read “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” to students.
  2. Ask the students what facts the reader can tell about the setting from the poem. It may be helpful to go stanza by stanza:
    • Stanza One:
      The speaker is in the woods, alone.
      It is snowing.
    • Stanza Two:
      The speaker has a little horse.
      There is not a farmhouse nearby.
      The speaker is standing between the woods and a frozen lake.
      It is the darkest night of the year.
    • Stanza Three:
      The only sounds are the horse's bells and an easy wind.
      The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
  3. Ask the students what feelings they have when they hear this poem. Students may use words like quiet, sleepy, and peaceful. Do students think that the poet gave them a lot of details about the scene?
  4. Distribute art supplies to students and instruct them to draw what they think the scene described in the poem looks like.
  5. Have students share their artwork with the class. They may be surprised at how different their classmates' artwork is, especially since the poet gave so many details. What color is the little horse? Is the speaker a male or a female? Is the ground covered in snow, or is it just starting to snow?
  6. If you'd like, create a bulletin board for the students' artwork.