This close reading is prepared for the use of the gradual release model and a close reading.
The first page features the poem while the second page has a reading for meaning chart, a strategy from The Core Six Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core.
The chart has a statement in the middle which students must prove to be either true or false by providing evidence for or against the statement. The evidence should be quoted from the text.
Under the chart are two Think-Pair-Share-Write questions that force students to think critically. The chart helps students build up their understanding to so they're prepared to answer the difficult questions. Students are thrilled at the level of understanding they gain from the poem!
The handout allows for differentiation in a small group environment.