This product is a 5 page PDF file exploring Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay". I use it in a seventh grade class with the novel, "The Outsiders".
I have a hyperlink giving the exact location of the poem, as it is still under copyright.
The handout goes through each line of the poem twice. First, it explains and has fill in the blank spots for discovering literal meaning of each line. Poetic elements (alliteration, assonance, metaphor, and personification are noted). A punctuation tip is included. Students read through each individual line to answer the literal questions. After the first reading, student define gold in terms of its denotation and literal meaning.
The second reading requires more inference. There are sentence stems here to give students writing ideas. There are also places to fill in the blank as they try to interpret the meaning. It concludes with students defining the connotation of gold and describing the poem's figurative meaning. This is a five page document with a "sunrise" clipart on each page.
The product includes a 5 page key. However, answers are very interpretive so it is really just a suggestion for teachers or a guide. I use the key for students who need a copy of notes as per their IEP or for absent students.
The activity can be teacher directed or student led. My students always love this poem and find a lot of connection to their own lives. Again, I use it with "The Outsiders", but there are only two questions directly related to the text within the handouts.