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Essential Elements of Poetry Poetic Devices Poetry Month


Teach and reinforce the understanding of 12 elements of poetry using both print and digital resources.

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Are you looking to teach your students 12 essential elements of poetry? Ideal for National Poetry Month, this collection of poetic devices is not just educational but also serves as a vibrant addition to your April Poetry Bulletin Board.

With printable response sheets, interactive task cards with QR codes, and visually appealing posters featuring explanations of the poetry elements and sample poems, this resource promises to engage and inspire your students in their poetic pursuits.

Your students will have the option to scan a QR Code, access a poetic element information card and respond to 4 questions for a total of 48 questions in all.  And if you prefer not to use QR Codes, you can print the 12 poetry elements information cards from the pdf file and have your students refer to them as they respond to the questions.

The stunning artwork in these posters makes a striking bulletin board display too.

Both US and British English files included (differences in punctuation and spellings)

Items Included

  • Landscape-size posters/information cards on 12 poetic elements (google drive and pdf). Every poster includes a clear definition of the poetry element it represents, complemented by an example poem that showcases its application.
  • 12 task cards – with a QR Code and 4 questions on each card for each poetic element
  • Response sheets x 6: (4 questions for each poetic element for a total of 48 questions)
  • Answer Key – detailed responses for teacher reference to provide students with comprehensive explanations

The 12 elements of poetry featured are:

  • Alliteration
  • Analogy
  • Assonance
  • Consonance
  • Hyperbole
  • Idiom
  • Imagery
  • Metaphor
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Personification
  • Simile
  • Symbolism


  • Students have the option to scan the QR Code on each task card or refer to the print out of the poetic element information card to respond to the questions on their Response Sheets.
  • If printing the poetic elements information cards, you may spread them around the classroom. I personally like to tape to walls, so they don’t get lost in all the excitement.
  • Students work individually, in pairs, or in small groups to record their responses.
  • Display the poetic elements information cards on the bulletin board post activity to craft an eye-catching and informative display.


Post Activity
Use the Answer Key to provide a comprehensive explanation for each response.

Curious about the QR Code functionality? Download the preview file and scan the code to see it in action.


This resource is included in the Poetry Bundle.


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