Poetry Unit High School: Poetry Activities | Poetic Devices | Poetry Writing

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Need your students to understand how poetic elements create meaning in a text?

So often, students are able to identify and define, but they don’t fully understand why literary elements are important or why they are such an essential part of literature. The kind of instruction that focuses on memorizing definitions kills the joy in literature and only serves to make students see English class as a boring waste of time.

But when students understand that literary devices are a wonderful way to add meaning, beauty, and pleasure to literature, they’ll improve their reading comprehension as well as their own writing.

Honed over sixteen years of teaching, the resources in this unit will help your students to more fully appreciate how literary devices create meaning in texts.

When you teach your classes to more fully understand poetry terms with this complete resource, you will:

  • Give your students a comprehensive, practical handout on literary devices which they can refer to throughout their studies.

  • Get your classes to understand poetic elements from the inside out when they experiment with poetry writing by utilizing the innovative exercises.

  • Easily teach the unit online using the ready-to-go instructions handout and quiz, both optimized for google classroom.

  • Tap into various learning styles when your students complete a fun jigsaw activity, an oral presentation, and a creative poster on a literary device.

  • Easily grade student work by utilizing the rubric and answer key included here.

This is a great tool to prepare students for new common core and SAT writing where they are required to do more than just identify elements of literature.

Introduce a poetry unit or a single poem with this unit, or use it for your own reference.

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13 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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