Onomatopoeia is defined as a word, which imitates the natural sound of something. It creates a sound effect that mimics what the writer is trying to describe making the description more expressive and interesting. For instance, saying, “The bomb exploded with a boom” is a more meaningful than just saying, “The bomb was very loud.” The reader is drawn to hear the sound of the word “boom” which makes the expression more effective.
What better way to ensure simple literary devices are digested for Common Core Standards than by seasonal poetry? Worksheets don't seem to fit the bill unless we allow students a hands-on approach to ensure the component won't be forgotten.
This seven-page worksheet includes the meaning of onomatopoeia with several examples so that student's can see this poetic device in action. Also included are word charts so that student's can pick beginning onomatopoeia sounds that fit their theme. There is ample space for a first and second draft with questions that help students shape the poetry effectively.
This worksheet produces a five-line Christmas onomatopoeia poem. Great poetry writers can write two stanzas with five lines in each for their poetry publication.
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