Thursday, September 27, 2007

September 27, 2007

September 27
Self-Starter: Do this in your binder, on lined paper under “Writing.”
Label it: “Response to ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay.’ ”
• For 2-3 minutes, write as quickly as you can all that this poem brings to mind for you.
• Borrow any line and write as quickly and as specifically as you can, letting your thinking follow that line.

By Robert Frost
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold. [hue = color]

Her early leaf’s a flower; [Think of early spring when the leaves on the trees look like flower buds.]
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf. [subsides = becomes less or stops]
So Eden sank to grief, [Eden in the Bible was a paradise. --This is an Allusion.]
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
[This poem addresses a major theme of the novel The Outsiders. Watch for other references (allusions) to the poem as we read the book.]

1. The Outsiders, page 75 - 91.
2. Groups -- time to work on projects, have reading books for the reading bingo signed off. read for reading bingo, take a missed spelling test, if needed.