Looking for a fun activity to practice poetry elements and figurative language? Help students find poetry everywhere, including the lyrics of their favorite songs! This competitive activity (part of my Figurative Language Resource Bundle
) lets students look for poetry terms - sound devices, types of poetry, and figurative language - in song lyrics they choose themselves. Each term is assigned a point value from one to ten based on difficulty; for instance, a rhyme is worth one point but a symbol is worth ten. You could use this as a calm, individual review activity, but I make it a competition in my gifted classes, challenging students rack up the most points. There is a place for them to record the examples they find and add up their points, and I like to let them share their examples at the end. They love the chance to share their favorite song lyrics with the class!
I can't include song lyrics in my product due to copyright, but they are easy to find online. I usually tell students to bring in their own lyrics (after a stern talk about school-appropriateness and consequences for inappropriate language or content!). I would recommend printing off a few extra songs, though, just in case - inevitably some students forget to bring their own.
Here is a list of the literary terms covered:
There is an additional reflection page with questions encouraging students to analyze the purpose of these devices in song lyrics and poetry!
**Teaching poetry? Check out my other poetry resources!
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