This bundle includes all of the materials necessary to teach and scaffold a text dependent analysis essay for 7th or 8th grade students on comparing common themes across poems. Copies of the poems "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "The Christmas Cactus" are included, along with a PowerPoint presentation with activities and instruction to support literary elements. Note guides are included for the Powerpoint. The Powerpoint and note guides scaffold the process for answering the text dependent analysis question. Finally, an outline for the text dependent analysis is provided for prewriting, and a model of how to create the introduction paragraph.