Literary Elements in On Being Brought from Africa to America

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On Being Brought from Africa to America Literary Elements

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

After you have read the poem, 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 in the poem! They will have an absolute blast and gain mastery of the words.


Examples of Literary Elements

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Heroic Couplet A set of two rhyming lines typically found at the end of the poem "Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain/ May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train."
End Rhyme Words at the end of a line that rhyme with words at the end of other lines. "land” & “understand”; “too” & “knew”; and “eye” & “die"
Personification Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas In the poem Wheatley personifies “mercy” by saying it brought her to America. Mercy did not physically carry her across an ocean, but it was metaphorically responsible for her journey.


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Create a storyboard that shows four examples of literary elements in "On Being Brought from Africa to America".


  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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