Looking for a fun activity to practice poetry elements and figurative language in poetry? Help students find poetry everywhere, including the lyrics of their favorite songs! This competitive poetry review lesson (part of my Figurative Language Activities Set
) lets students look for poetry elements - sound devices, types of poetry, and figurative language - in song lyrics they choose themselves. Each element is assigned a point value from one to ten based on difficulty; for instance, a rhyme is worth one point but a symbol is worth ten. You could use this as a calm, individual review activity and simply encourage students to find what they can, but I love to make it a competition with my honors and gifted students, challenging them to rack up more points than their friends. There is a place for students to record the examples they find and add up their points, and I like to let them share their examples at the end. They can't resist the chance to share their favorite song lyrics with the class!
I can't include song lyrics in my product due to copyright, but they are easy to find online. I usually tell students to bring in their own lyrics (after a stern talk about appropriateness for school and consequences for bringing anything they wouldn't want to read to the principal). I recommend printing off a few extra songs, though, just in case - inevitably some students forget to bring their own.
Here is a list of the poetry elements and figurative language terms I've included:
There is an additional reflection page with questions encouraging students to analyze the purpose of these devices in song lyrics and poetry!
**Teaching poetry? Check out my other poetry resources!
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