Use these pages to help your students understand not only the definitions of poetic devices, but also provide them with practical examples. This will download as a Word Document, but the images are jpegs and can be moved to a presentation aide easily.
I like to start the period off by talking to my students about what poetry is and why we read it. I then explain to them that they need to be able to use poetic devices in order to write poems that are engaging to an audience. In order to help students understand the devices I write 6-8 devices (without ever having defined them) on the board that would be tricky to understand with just a description. I have students break into groups, based on class size. They get to choose a word and as a group they have to produce a poster that has the word, easy to read; a 'human definition', definition that the class would hear and be able to understand; an example of the term; and an image that represents the word.
Depending on the time left in the class we either share out and ask questions or wait to present until the next day. Usually we end up presenting the next day. I require students to take notes that will help them apply the concepts throughout the unit. I also display their posters for the rest of the semester, as we will use those terms not only in poetry, but in all of the writing throughout the semester.