This resource features an activity guide along with printables. This activity will take approximately one class period.
The focus on this activity is the apostrophe as a literary device--not as a punctuation mark. This would be a great activity to use in a poetry unit, or in other reading units. I have done this with students as young as sixth grade, but it does happen faster and smoother with older students.
In addition to an activity guide, this lesson features two poems (The Mustn'ts by Shel Silverstein and Blue Moon) for students to study. There is also a printable handout for students to use as they consider how to define the literary device apostrophe.
The activity guide explains the way that I have implemented this lesson, and allows for plenty of discussion and student reflection.