Sound Devices Lesson Plan

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This chart will accomplish your objectives with just about any poem involving sound devices: Sound Devices in Poetry.

Key Points When Teaching Sound Devices in Poetry

There are levels of understanding when it comes to teaching sound devices in poetry:

  1. Monkey Level – Level 1 involves memorizing definitions–consonance, assonance, rhyme, rhyme scheme, alliteration, meter, rhythm, onomatopoeia, etc. Even a monkey can do this if it really wants to. Without progression, however, this knowledge is wasted.
  2. Post-primate Level – The 2nd involves being able to identify sound devices in poetry. It requires more than simple memorization, yet has very little relevance outside of a classroom.
  3. Scholar Level – Level 3 requires scholarly aptitude. It requires students to interpret sound devices and explain the author’s purpose in using sound devices.
  4. Master Level – Finally, the 4th level requires students to use sound devices in their own writing to create a specific effect. It will most likely involve writing poetry, but for true mastery, a student should be able to use sound devices in real world situations.

This lesson on sound devices in poetry focuses on poems with consonance, poetry with assonance, and poems with internal rhyme.  Find poems dealing with meter and rhythm here and poems with onomatopoeia here.

List of Recommended Poems with Assonance, Consonance, and Internal Rhyme