Want to spice up your lessons on poetry or the Harlem Renaissance and engage ALL of your students? Get your students moving and interacting with this unique high-interest activity that takes students on a “trail” around the room! Use this to practice identifying devices or to review for an assessment! All poems in this activity are by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. I typically use this as a way to scaffolding analysis of poetic devices. Before we analyze, I need to know who is still struggling with identifying devices. Literary devices seem like those things we teach our kids every year but they somehow still forget them... (but that's a different story) so practice never hurts.!
If you've never facilitated a "question trail," now is the time to try it out! You and your students will be hooked on its unique approach to learning.
A question trail is an activity comprised of different multiple choice “stations” or “spots.” These questions are posted throughout the classroom. At each station, students answer a multiple choice question. Each answer (a, b, c, or d) will send the students to a different station. If students answer each question correctly, they will travel to each station and complete a full circuit. If students answer a question incorrectly, they will eventually find themselves at a station they’ve already completed, which tells them that they need to backtrack. This gives you clear, immediate feedback. You will quickly see who is getting it ("on the trail") vs. who is not ("off the trail").
This includes the following:
-Poetic Terms & Devices Handout (with definitions)
-Question Trail (15 questions)
-Student Half-Sheet w/ Exit Ticket (to track answers/reflect on understanding)
-Detailed Answer Key
Devices covered: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, imagery, symbolism, juxtaposition, end rhyme, internal rhyme, assonance, alliteration, and more! The handout includes far more terms than are covered in this activity, just so your student have a thorough reference sheet to use throughout a poetry unit.
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