This worksheet gives the students seven examples from literature to determine whether the example is a eulogy, elegy or obituary. The definitions of each are provided in a sidebar on the worksheet. An answer key is also provided.
Walt Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain!
Ted Kennedy’s Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Eulogy for the Martyred Children: Birmingham Church Bombing
Mona Simpson’s Eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs
Oprah’s Eulogy for Rosa Parks
Elaine George’s Poem Casualties of War
Best Obit Ever for Harry Weathersby Stamp