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.
|Alliteration||Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words in a sentence or line||"Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest..."|
|Metaphor||An implied comparison between two things||"That on the ashes of his youth doth lie..."|
|Personification||Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas||"Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang..."|
|Assonance||The repetition of a vowel sound||"When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang..."|
|Apostrophe||A direct address to an absent person, concept, or inanimate object||“This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong…”|
|Imagery||The use of descriptive or figurative language to create vivid mental imagery that appeals to the senses||“In me, thou seest the twilight of such day/ As after sunset fadeth in the west…”|
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Figurative LanguageCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard that shows five examples of literary elements in Sonnet 73.
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Identification of Literary Elements
All literary elements are correctly identified.
Most literary elements are correctly identified.
Few literary elements are correctly identified.
Illustrations show attention to the details of the story and demonstrate connection to the literary elements.
Illustrations demonstrate connection to the literary elements.
Illustrations show little connection to the literary elements.
Description of Literary Elements
Descriptions clearly explain what the literary elements do to enhance the story.
Most descriptions tell what the literary elements do to enhance the story.
Descriptions are unrelated to the literary elements.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.
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