When teaching poems, it is often helpful to refresh or introduce students with technical words. “Metaphor", "alliteration", "personification", "imagery", "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||“Runic rhyme”|
|Personification||Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas||”For every sounds that floats / From the rust within their throats / Is a groan.”|
|Imagery||The use of descriptive or figurative language to create vivid mental imagery that appeals to the senses||“Yet, the ear distinctly tells, / In the jangling, / And the wrangling, / How the danger sinks and swells, / By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells—”|
|Assonance||The repetition of a vowel sound||”What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!”|
|Onomatopoeia||The spelling of a word mimics the sound it represents||”How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle, / In the icy air of night!”|
Grade Level 6-12
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 “The Bells”.
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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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