Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades

This Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades lesson plan also includes:

Bring the beauty of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost to middle school language arts. After learners read a copy of the poem, they follow an instructional sequence that focuses on sound, figurative language, and theme.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair this lesson with your study of The Outsiders
  • Provides related poems and a graphic organizer to use in small groups 
Classroom Considerations

  • While this first appears to be a description of 20 poetry activities, it is actually the introduction, rationale, and explanation of the activities and one sample lesson
  • Some ideas and topics are not fully fleshed out, just mentioned for the teacher to consider or cover on her/his own

  • The included copy of the poem is nicely formatted and comes with space for students to take notes
  • Lesson covers the poem effectively; pupils should come out of it with a deeper understanding of the text
  • Poetry study format described in the introduction could be useful with any number of poems

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