Literary Elements in "Blues Ain't No Mockingbird"

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Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird Literary Elements

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When teaching a work of literature, it is often helpful to refresh or introduce students with technical words. Terms like “metaphor", "alliteration", "personification", "imagery", "apostrophe", and "assonance" are a few important terms.

After you have read the story, ask your students to do a scavenger hunt using the storyboard creator. Give them the list again and have them create a storyboard that depicts and explains the use of each literary element from “Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird”. They will have an absolute blast and gain mastery of the words. Check out this example below:

Examples of Literary Elements Bambara Uses

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Simile A comparison using 'like' or 'as' "Then Granddaddy’s other hand flies up like a sudden and gentle bird, slaps down fast on top of the camera and lifts off half like it was a calabash cut for sharing."
Anecdote A very brief account of an incident or incident, typically a story or account of a past event “I was on this bridge one time,’ she started off. ‘Was a crowd cause this man was goin to jump, you understand. And a minister was there and the police and some other folks. His woman was there, too.”
Imagery The use of descriptive or figurative language to create vivid mental imagery that appeals to the senses “The old ladle dripping rum into the Christmas tins, like it used to drip maple syrup into the pails when we lived in the Judson’s woods, like it poured cider into the vats when we were on the Cooper place, like it used to scoop buttermilk and soft cheese when we lived at the dairy.”

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Create a storyboard that shows five examples of literary elements in "Blues Ain't No Mocking Bird".


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of literary elements in the text.
  3. Put the type of literary element in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.

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