Nothing Gold Can Stay Analyzing Poetry


Engage your students with The Outsiders by digging into “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost.

Students will paraphrase, analyze, discuss and determine how the poem is integral to the theme of the novel.

Additionally, they’ll write their own poem in the style of Robert Frost’s.

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“Nothing Gold Can Stay” is such an amazing poem to share with your students.  They’ll gain a deeper understanding of the themes of The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.  Additionally, they’ll write their own “stay gold” poems at the end of their study.

Students will not only understand the poem, but they’ll see how it connects to the themes of the novel.

This resource includes:

  • Initial impressions & vocabulary preview
  • Paraphrase activity
  • Comprehension questions
  • Tone analysis
  • Higher order thinking questions — connecting the poem & the novel
  • Essay writing prompt
  • Steps to write your own “stay gold” poem
  • Complete answer key and essay rubric

Ways to use this:

  • use as a whole-class instruction as students build their poetry analysis skills
  • students can work at their own pace if you want to use as a literacy or reading workshop activity
  • ready to teach — perfect sub plan
  • use as an extension activity for the novel

Reasons to love this resource:

  • ready to use to add depth and complexity to your students’ study of this great novel! Print and use!
  • help students make strong connections between texts — the novel & the poem
  • creative writing opportunity for your students to show what “stay gold” means to them
  • great introduction to DIDLS
  • strengthen poetry analysis skills

What teachers are saying about this resource:

  • “A great activity to lead into poetry analysis following our reading of The Outsiders.”
  • “This was so helpful in analyzing the poem while reading The Outsiders! My students had a much better understanding of the meaning of the poem after completing this packet!”
  • “This was perfect for our study of The Outsiders and helped my students really dig into the poem.”

Questions? I have answers!  You can email me at marypat @ justaddstudents . com  I’ll get right back to you.

With gratitude,



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