Let your students apply what they are learning about the sound elements in poetry and enjoy writing their own poems in groups at the same time.
This group work handout leads students through a process of writing a poem that incorporates sound elements such as onomatopoeia and rhyme. Students work collaboratively to brainstorm sound elements and then put them into the context of a poem about a subject of their choosing. Having practiced this process, they can try it again in writing their own poem for homework, class work, or outside work!
Also included is an idea for an article to read about the relationship between sound and meaning in the English language, and a multiple choice/short answer follow-up worksheet on the article. The article is a good introduction to the idea of sound reinforcing meaning and is entertaining to read. The accompanying worksheet can be used to prepare your students for standardized testing or as a reading comprehension exercise.
Suggestions for how to use the lesson materials within a poetry unit are included.