This Match-Up Activity is an effective way to teach poetry- and can be used over and over in the classroom!
Accompanied with an EATS lesson plan and following the Common Core RI.7.4., the placemat "board" gives 24 poetry examples.
If poetry terms seem a little too rigorous- or you want to begin slowly, I’ve divided the words into two sections. You can choose to give students half of the words to begin. When they finish, you can give them the more challenging words.
You can challenge gifted students with all words immediately- for differentiation!
Poetry words (in blue) are: Free verse, Haiku, Internal rhyme, Alliteration, Limerick, Simile, Metaphor, Rhyme scheme, Imagery, Personification, Hyperbole and Pun.
Challenging words (in green) are: Acrostic, Bard, Genre, Ballad, Symbol, Allusion, Foot, Tone, Parody, Theme, Stanza and Harlem Renaissance.
The answer key is provided not only to make life easier, but to allow students to check their own work.
At the beginning of the year, have students work in groups to match the term to the definition. As the year progresses, use it as a review to see if the students learned the material. Eventually, students will complete the activity individually.
It is a great activity for the end of the year, too. You will be impressed how much the students have learned. What took them 20 minutes at the beginning of the year now takes 5 minutes for many students!
Throughout the year, I use Match Up Activities as "fillers" when the power goes out or a bomb threat is called in (Yes, it happens!) without wasting students' time.
Once, my principal unexpectedly visited my classroom while the students were working on this activity- and he asked if I made this myself. He was impressed. Yay! (The happiness we teachers get from a pat on the back...)
I suggest making copies of the game pieces with colored paper so the words stand out more. (My copy is on colored paper in the photo- but is from Match Up Activity #1. You may use plain white paper. I've put the terms in a colored font- in hopes you have a colored printer. But it will still work with black and white.)
Laminating the game board and pieces (hint: laminate BEFORE you cut them apart) is a really good idea as well.
I also print out copies and give at Open House or at conferences. My students' parents were very grateful!
I like this activity so much, I made more! Click on these links to see the reviews:
Match Up #4 Roots
Match Up BUNDLE
I hope you enjoy!