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Line Up Activity - Figurative and Descriptive Language - Poetry Terms

Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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This activity is perfect for small groups of students to review definitions related to descriptive language and figurative language. This encourages team work, collaboration and communication skills as students match definitions to words--- but each word has a definition that matches a word on another card! This can be used as an introductory activity to reactivate prior knowledge, or as a review before a test.

The attached **editable** Word document includes 16 definitions (rhyme scheme, mood, figurative language, imagery, metaphor, literal language, alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile, tone, symbolism, personification, hyperbole, sound devices, theme and connotation**) which can be printed on cardstock and/or laminated for repeated use! I printed my own six sets on six different colors so that each set would be easy to keep track of and distribute.

Set up small groups (ideally, about 3-4 students in each) and give them a set of these cards. Watch them work together to put the cards in order! As you walk around to monitor groups, simply tell students where there is an error, and watch them rework the line to fix the problem!

When the group is finished and you have approved their line/circle of cards, collect the cards, and then have them rate themselves on the self-evaluation (included). This is a great way to have them continue being productive even as other groups are still working.

(**This list of terms also happens to be the answer key! The last definition matches up with the first word.)

key terms: strategy, engagement, activity, review, poetry, centers, middle school, elementary school, cooperative learning

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Total Pages
2 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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