FREE Poetry Terminology Fact Cards & Cheat Sheets

February 5, 2020

Bonnie Rose Hudson

Bonnie Rose Hudson

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Poetry can be beautiful to study, but one way to appreciate it even more is to understand how it works. By learning key terms and definitions, students are better prepared to recognize elements in poetry and understand how they work together to create a finished product. These FREE Poetry Terminology Fact Cards & Cheat Sheets are a perfect tool to get them started! 

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We’ve likely heard the words balladhaikufree verse, and ode, but do your students really understand what they are? Do they understand how alliteration, assonance, consonance, and meter work in poems? These FREE Poetry Terminology Fact Cards & Cheat Sheets are a fun way to introduce or reinforce the definitions of 22 poetry terms. 

Using this poetry unit, students can learn about: 

  • acrostic
  • alliteration
  • assonance
  • ballad
  • cinquain
  • consonance
  • couplet
  • diction
  • epic
  • free verse
  • haiku
  • limerick
  • metaphor
  • meter
  • octave
  • ode
  • onomatopoeia
  • quatrain
  • rhyme
  • sonnet
  • stanza
  • tercet

All the terms and definitions are listed on a handy printable cheat sheet. It goes great with our homeschool binder resources! There are also 22 fact cards that include the terms and definitions and 22 blank fact cards where students can write the definitions. Scroll down to get your FREE instant download. 

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