This is a creative writing assignment that will be sure to make middle-schoolers smile. Normally an elegy is a serious, contemplative tribute to a person that has died. This assignment is a light-hearted twist on that concept. For this assignment, students will write an elegy in honor of an object that will be personified as having “passed on” to a better place. In addition, the elegy will inspire an inscription on the deceased object’s tombstone. This 5-page lesson consists of: assignment description for the student, brainstorming graphic, rubric, tombstone clipart, and extension activities.