Narrative poems tell stories through the use of verse and usually include dialogue among a few characters. They really need to be read aloud to get the full impact; having students do a table-reading of a Frost narrative poem is a really good way to make it “alive” and urgent.
Some poems that work very well for this exercise are:
“Home Burial” (2 characters, one narrator), poem text here.
“Death of the Hired Man” (2 characters, one narrator), poem text here.
Death of the Hired Man