RL8.4 Poem Analysis - Nothing Gold Can Stay (pair text w/ Flowers for Algernon)

RL8.4 Poem Analysis - Nothing Gold Can Stay (pair text w/ Flowers for Algernon)
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This one page worksheet could be used as a short classwork activity or given as homework. Students are asked to identify a variety of poetry techniques - such as rhyme, alliteration, symbolism, and allusion. Students will write summaries, analyze theme and a Biblical allusion, and make connections to other texts - Flowers for Algernon. This poem is excellent to pair with a reading of Flowers for Algernon and will allow students to compare themes, characters, and events within a modern piece of literature - hitting RL8.9.

If students are not also reading Flowers for Algernon - there is only one question on the worksheet that wouldn't apply. You can easily switch out the last question to pair with any text your students are reading that includes themes of change - I have also paired this poem with novels such as The Outsiders, The Hunger Games, and Night.

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Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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30 minutes
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