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Poetry and Poetic Devices Tags: poetry poems poetic devices

Poems, because they are shorter literary works, can provide an easier way to study figurative language and other literary devices. Listed here are a variety of ideas and activities for analyzing poetry -- and for igniting the creative spark:

Analyzing Poetry

Classic PoemsA collection of more than 10 well-known poems with comprehension questions and interactive tutorials on poetry elements. Includes student and teacher answer pages. 

Click on the Google Doc: 

Online Poetry Units (from Georgia Virtual Learning)

6th Grade Unit

7th Grade Unit

9th Grade Unit

Writing Poetry - Ideas and Helps

Other Poetry Posts:

Poetry Happens

Literary Devices in Two Suspenseful Poems

Spelling Helps Tags: spelling spelling lists spelling games

I know everyone uses SpellingCity, but if you don’t have a paid account, and are thus not able to make use of all the puzzles and games, here are some free alternatives:

Spelling TrainingUse a pre-defined list or one of your own to generate spelling practice, games, and tests.

KidsSpell: Type in your own spelling lists, and use them for the games on the site. Here's an example of a spelling list and available games. Click on the picture to try them out.

AAASpell.com Make a free account (you don’t have to, but it will let you save your lists), and your kids can practice their spelling words on their own with a variety of activities. For example, there’s “hear and spell” (computer reads the word; kid types it in); missing letter and scrambled letter exercises; and alphabetical order activities. You can also input separate vocabulary lists, with an exercise asking you to match the right word with the definition. Also, if you click into a vocabulary word, you're taken to the Wiktionary where you get the word's definition, can click to hear how it's pronounced, see synonyms and antonyms, other forms of the word, and the word used in a sentence. One annoying thing: when I entered a list of 15 vocabulary words, only two of them came back with computer-generated definitions. The rest, I had to re-input and manually type in the definitions. So, initially, it takes some time to set up, but once words are in, it can save time because students can study on their own. When finished, you can view a report that shows what exercises were done, and how many were right and wrong.

 AAA also has its own K – 8 spelling and vocabulary lists, and alphabet exercises. In addition, there are links to geography and math exercises.

Mr. Nussbaum’s Spelling Central, which allows you to input words for four activities (alphabetical order, word search, word scramble, or missing letter) that can be done online or printed.

Discovery Education Puzzlemaker for inputting your own spelling words and making crosswords, cryptograms, and other types of puzzles.

Other Spelling Sites:

Harcourt Brace offers spelling word lists for grades 1 – 6. Each grade has 35 units. Play a game in which words have to be unscrambled. 

Perdue Online Writing Lab: Features spelling exercises.

Notorious Confusables: Extensive lists of word pairs that are often confused and misused, such as averse and adverse; Calvary and cavalry; eminent and imminent, etc. The highlighted word pairs are presented in sentences so you can learn proper usage. Mouse over the words, and you get the definitions. Site also includes online quizzes and writing and grammar guide.

Reading RocketsLists of word roots, prefixes and suffixes.

Spelling, Vocabulary and Language Arts Free Workbooks

The following is a list of McGraw-Hill and Glencoe free language arts resources: 

These McGraw-Hill Treasures Workbooks for Grades K - 6 include Reading, Spelling, and Grammar Practice Books.

These free Glencoe Spelling Power workbooks include over 30 weekly lists and lessons, progress charts, and unit reviews.

Glencoe Spelling Power Workbooks: Grades 6 - 12

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

These free Glencoe Vocabulary Power workbooks include 36 weekly lessons, unit reviews and tests.

Vocabulary Power Workbooks: Grades 6 - 12

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Free Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Workbooks:

Grade 1

Grade 2

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