Tribute Piece

15 Dec

Tribute Piece

We will be writing a tribute piece about a special person in your life. These prompts will help get you started.

Quick Writes:

  • List 3 people that are important in your life.
  • Choose 1 of those people for the next prompts.
  • What makes your relationship with this person special?
  • What is different about this relationship from any other you have?
  • How did you meet?
  • How long have you known each other?
  • List some good memories.
  • List some bad memories.
  • What are some problems you two have?
  • List any inside jokes or things that only the other person would understand.

Tribute Songs

my superman kerry

One Sweet Day

We will read a student example of a tribute piece called “One Sweet Day” The title and some of the lines have an allusion to the song “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz 2 Men.

New Skill: Allusion

Skill- Allusion: a reference to something that is commonly known (person, place, historical event, art, music, literature,etc) to convey larger meaning.


“Don’t act like a Romeo in front of her.”
– “Romeo” is a reference to Shakespeare’s Romeo, a passionate lover of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet”.
The rise in poverty will unlock the Pandora’s box of crimes.
– This is an allusion to one of Greek Mythology’s origin myth, “Pandora’s box”.
“This place is like a Garden of Eden.”
–This is a biblical allusion to the “garden of God” in the Book of Genesis.
“Hey! Guess who the new Newton of our school is?”
– “Newton”, means a genius student, alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton.  (from

Some More Quick Writes to Consider

Think of any songs, movies, shows, books, clubs, activities, etc. that you share an interest or experience in. (You can make allusions to these in your writing).

What do you want them to know? What is something that you don’t usually tell/say to him/her? 

Think of something that may have been serious, challenging, or difficult at the time, but you two can laugh about it now. 

Think of something this person has said to you that has stuck with you.

What might your life be like without this person in it or if you never met?

What does the future look like for you two? Are there any plans? Upcoming events? Things to look forward to? (This can be a great way to end your piece).

Skill- Epistolary Writing:

-a piece of writing written as a letter or journal/diary entry.


Dear Basketball MICHAEL JORDAN

Dear Basketball Kobe Bryant

Skill- Personification:

Giving human or life-like qualities to things that are not human or living.  By giving human traits and actions to nonhuman things, we can bring them to life.

Why use it? Personification will add life and action to your writing.


From Speak: “The school bus wheezes to my corner.”

From Lord of the Flies: “…the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence”

Ex: “The guitar sang a melody that danced across the room.”

What to Try:

Try using verbs (action words) a person might do to describe a characteristic of a nonhuman thing.

Try using descriptions that apply to people on nonhuman things.

Try placing emotions on nonhuman things.

Try giving nonhuman things human desires.

Try comparing parts of nonhuman things to parts of humans.

Here is a slide show of these notes.

Tribute Piece Assignment


Skills That Might Work Well:


Thoughtfulness, Effort, Detail (25%): How much thought went into your tribute? Are you using specific details to bring it to life? Are you showing the reader how important this person is to you? Is the piece long enough to adequately show your appreciation?

Organization (25%): Are your ideas organized or are your ideas scattered in whatever random way they came into your head? Did you break ideas up into paragraphs?

Skills (25%): Did you use a variety of skill in your writing to make it more interesting? Make sure you label the skills using the comments feature on Google Docs.

Grammar, Spelling, Clarity, Language Use (25%): Is your piece written well and easy to read? Do you use language that is appropriate for your audience (this might mean a more casual or formal tone, depending on who the piece is for)?

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