Using the Literary Elements word list, students begin by identifying the 10 words they do not know and making a mark next to those words. Students then use the internet to define and write down the dictionary definition of each word. In some cases, there are multiple definitions, and students should choose the definition that most closely matches the literary definition. There are 54 words in the list. The word list is long enough that words can be picked by the instructor based on grade, proficiency, fluency
After students have chosen their words, give them 2 copies of the blank grid. They should create a crossword puzzle key using the blank sheet. After making their own key, have students create the actual puzzle based on their own key. Number boxes appropriately and have students exchange puzzles. If the puzzle was created correctly, students should be able to figure out the answers especially if you give them a word list of possible words.
The finished crossword puzzle can be used as a test for harder words in higher grades (8th+)