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.