Looking for a clever and unique way to launch study of poetic elements ... or need something to review poetic elements prior to testing? This one-day lesson contains an original poem that I wrote to introduce my students to 12 different poetic elements. "A Cautionary Tale" contains examples of 12 poetic elements ... with a timely message for our cell-phone dependent students!
The poetic elements exemplified in the poem include allusion, hyperbole, idiom, internal rhyme, metaphor, meter, onomatopoeia, personification, rhyme scheme, simile, slant rhyme, and stanza.
What you receive in this PDF file:
~ A copy of the seven-stanza poem
~ A second copy of the poem, printed on a page that contains definitions of all 12 poetic elements at the side. Students can read the poem closely and identify examples of the poetic elements as they read.
~ An answer key, which highlights examples within the text of the poem
~A separate chart of the 12 poetic elements -- which is perfect for using with this activity or another one of your own design
~ A second copy of the chart, specially sized to fit interactive notebooks.
I won't claim that the poem will rival anything in the canon, but my middle-school students do get a laugh out of it and frequently tell me, "It's pretty good!"
If you check out the preview, you'll see more information on how I use this poem to introduce poetic elements, to review poetic elements, and to provide another opportunity to teach students how to annotate and/or closely read a text.
One use of this product would be as part of a substitute folder. If your school requires you keep a binder/tub of emergency substitute materials -- just in case :-) -- this would be a great item to include.
If you'd like to simply get a copy of the printable poetic elements chart, you can locate that at my listing for Poetic Elements Reference Chart