Each student was given a diagram of two paths in the woods, then a prompt about a character from literature or history. They described the two choices that this individual faced at some point, then analyzed the choice they ultimately made.
For each character/figure, the students answered the following questions:
What were the two choices? Choice #1? Choice #2?
Which choice did they make? (Draw an arrow on the path.)
Did he/she chose the "road less traveled?"
Would you make the same choice if you were in his/her position?
Later on, students drew a model of their lives as a path, featuring twists, turns, bumps and forks in the road. I just love seeing them thinking about abstract concepts and metaphors!