This puzzle features simple explanations of key words used in the study of poetry. It's a great, fun way to get students familiar with vocabulary that they must understand and be able to use when discussing poetry. This is a generic worksheet/quiz which could be used when teaching most poems.
There are 17 words used in the puzzle (Alliteration, Comparison, Exaggeration, Hyperbole, Image, Metaphor, Mood, Onomatopoeia, Personification, Poet, Repetition, Rhyme, Rhythm, Simile, Stanza, Theme, Tone). My methodology is to introduce these words, explaining each using simple examples. To promote active learning, I then assign students the task of finding definitions for each word using their dictionaries. Then to reinforce and/or revise, use the crossword.
I've used basic (easy) explanations of the words to make this a suitable resource for younger students, or for those coming to the analysis of poetry for the first time.
The puzzle could be used in many ways - after or before studying a poem, as a homework assignment, a short assessment, or as a filler on a day when you have nothing else prepared. My students love the crossword format, and don't see it as work.
A word bank is included to help students. The solution appears on the second page. Download the preview to see how the words appear in the grid.