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Onomatopoeia: Grades 6-8

Lesson Objective: Teaching onomatopoeia using comics.

Level: Grades 6 - 8

Adaptations: Can be adapted for Grades 2 5

Materials: The overhead and student worksheet provided here, comics.


1. Introduce the topic onomatopoeia. Explain to students that an onomatopoeia is a word whose sound makes you think of their meanings.

2. Show students the overhead. Have them copy the definition on to their worksheet - "Onomatopoeia is the use of words whose sounds make you think of their meanings. For example; buzz, thump, pop."

3. Brainstorm as a class to come up with as many examples of onomatopoeias as possible. Record these on the overhead in the box while students record them on their worksheets.

4. Model some sample sentences that contain onomatopoeias. Have students write their own sentences. Record some on the overhead as you go to help more needy students.

5. Hand out comics, or copies of pages of comics. Also put a copy of a comic on the overhead. Choose comics that have words like POW! and BAM! In them if possible (like the old Batman TV show).

6. Have students make their own comic strips using onomatopoeias.

By J. Laagland

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