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The poetry scavenger hunt is intended to reinforce figurative language and the elements of poetry. Students tend to be nervous and intimidated by poetry, so I like to present this practice as a “light” challenge.
I remind my students that they can still find the elements listed in the scavenger hunt without completely understanding the poem. Although complete comprehension is ALWAYS favorable with all reading material, it’s important to encourage students to NOT feel defeated if they do not fully understand the poem.
The scavenger hunt simply lists the elements that exist in the poem; the students are required to find the elements on the list and record their examples on the chart. Some elements occur in the poem or stanza multiple times.
*Differentiated learning is enabled through printable poems and a poem handout with the charts listed next to the poems. (See last page of package once purchased). For some students, I find the best strategy in identifying the elements is to allow for underlining and labeling on a printed version of the poem. However, in most of my classes, I simply project the poems and print individual handouts for the students to record their answers.
* Please keep in mind that the answer key is SUGGESTED. There are certainly various valid answers that I did not include.
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