Education Technology

NCTE: Assessing Onomatopoeia

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will demonstrate their understanding of onomatopoeia using many of the same processes introduced in previous activities. Teachers who have the TI-Navigator(tm) classroom network can use its features to review the students? responses.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Conduct a short review of onomatopoeia using the materials from Activity 1 and Activity 2. Answer any remaining questions the students may have about this literary device.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Explain the definition of onomatopoeia.
  • Explore the ways this literary device is used.
  • Find examples of onomatopoeia in selected excerpts.
  • Analyze the purpose of onomatopoeia in the works selected for review.
  • Identify new examples of onomatopoeia on the Internet and in other sources.
  • Apply knowledge of onomatopoeia to describe a place or event.
  • Demonstrate thorough comprehension of the literary device and its usage in literary works.
  • After the Activity

    If you have the TI-Navigator(tm) classroom network, you can collect each student's completed assessment file electronically. The Class Analysis feature of the software enables you to review the class' responses on the computer.

    For classrooms that do not have TI-Navigator(tm) software, the files can still be collected electronically using the TI Connect(tm) software and the TI Connectivity cable. The teacher can review responses by using the LearningCheck(tm) Creator software.

    Use the students' responses as discussion points about this lesson and the use of onomatopoeia in literature.