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The Outsiders - Nothing Gold Can Stay

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Sarah Jaynes

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of The Outsiders - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Warm Up: Monday, September 30th
Look up and define the following vocabulary terms:
Rhyme Scheme
Alliteration
Allusion
Personification
Rhyme Scheme
The pattern of rhyme formed by the end rhyme in a poem. The rhyme scheme is designated by the assignment of a different letter of the alphabet to each new rhyme.
Ex:
Twinkle twinkle little star A
How I wonder what you are A
Up above the world so high B
Like a diamond in the sky B
Twinkle twinkle little star A
How I wonder what you are A
Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginnings of words or syllables. Alliteration gives emphasis to words.

Ex: Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed.
Allusion
A reference in a work of literature to a well known character, place, or situation in history, politics, or science, or from another work of literature, music, or art.
Personification
A figure of speech in which an animal, object, or idea is given human form or characteristics.
Ex: The books flew off the shelves.
The stars danced in the sky.
Opportunity was knocking
at the door.
In groups, find the following examples AND discuss WHY they are used in "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost:

- circle examples of personification
- underline examples of alliteration
- star the example of allusion
- write the rhyme scheme out to the side

Discuss as a group what you think each line of the poem means.
Be prepared to share your answers on the board!

"Nothing Gold Can Stay"
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower,
But only so an hour.
The leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Exit Slip Questions:
On your own sheet of paper, answer the following question in complete sentences to turn in before leaving.
1) Name one new literary term you learned today and describe what it means in your own words.

2) What is something "gold" in your life? Explain why it is "gold" in at least two sentences.

3) Why does Johnny understand the poem but Ponyboy doesn't? (look at pages 76-77)
Most commonly referenced works for allusions are:
The Bible (Adam&Eve, Noah's Ark)
Shakespeare (Romeo)
Greek/Roman Mythology (Cupid)
Make sure you have a copy of The Outsiders on your desk (your own or borrowed from Ms. Fitz)
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