The Outsiders Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost Poetry Analysis Activity

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The Outsiders Nothing Gold Can Stay resource has everything you need to help your students explore the meaning and theme of the poem Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost. This poem is recited by Ponyboy in chapter 5, and this poetry analysis activity will help your students understand its meaning and apply it to the content and theme of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton!


Included in The Outsiders Nothing Gold Can Stay Resource:

➡️ Teacher Instructions: These detailed teacher instructions will help you facilitate this poetry analysis activity in your classroom. With step-by-step instructions, you'll feel totally confident implementing this activity in your classroom.

➡️ Presentation Slides: This PowerPoint presentation will guide you through all elements of the lesson with prompting questions that allow students to examine and analyze Nothing Gold Can Stay in a scaffolded way that breaks break the poem down line by line. The presentation also includes a detailed teacher answer key to review with students as they complete their analysis.

➡️ Nothing Gold Can Stay Brainstorming Page: As you go through the presentation and reveal the prompting questions, students will complete their own on this brainstorming page!

➡️ Nothing Gold Can Stay Classroom Poster: Feature the title of this poem on your classroom door with this eye-catching poster to welcome students.


How to Use The Outsiders Nothing Gold Can Stay Resource:

  1. After displaying the classroom poster on your door, welcome students into the classroom and show them a video of Ponyboy reciting Nothing Gold Can Stay (Link provided in presentation - YouTube required).
  2. Group students and distribute the brainstorming page. This is where they will write their interpretation of Frost's poem as you go through the presentation.
  3. Display the presentation and go through it, stopping after each section to give students time to write their understanding. Then, share the sample answer key responses.

After using this activity, students will have an excellent understanding of the poem. They will also understand its significance in the novel and how it relates to Ponyboy in particular.


What Teachers Are Saying About The Outsiders Nothing Gold Can Stay Resource:

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This lesson is completely thorough and gets students thinking really deeply about the poem. My students struggle with abstract language, but this lesson helped them understand poetry so much better. Thanks for the great resource! 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students were very engaged in the resource. The prompting questions are perfect which resulted in great discussions and understanding of the poem. Thank you!


*Please Note: The poem is not included for copyright reasons, but it can easily be found by searching the title online.


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