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NCTE: Collaborating on Literary Devices

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will collaborate systematically to write a draft of a poem using literary devices and poetic elements (LC/PE). A chain of writers will contribute to the poem. Each student will be responsible for starting and finishing a poem.

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 NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Tell students that Activity 2 will be similar to Activity 1, though more creatively demanding. Students will need to prepare their devices by closing the NoteFolio file created in Activity 1 and then opening a new, untitled file. Use the instructions from Activity 1 to open a new, untitled file.

During the Activity

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


  • Students will:
  • Identify the devices an author uses to influence readers and critique the effectiveness of their use.
  • Write for a variety of readers, including peers, teachers, and other adults, adapting content, style, and structure to audience and situation.
  • Write in a variety of situations (impromptu, over time, in collaboration or alone) and adapt strategies, such as revision, technology, and the use of reference materials, to the situation.
  • Recognize and exercise options in modes of expression and choice of words when speaking and writing, especially when revising written work.
  • After the Activity

    Tell students they will be finishing the poem and sharing it with the class the next day in class.