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- Kristen D., 1st year teacher
- Houston, TX
Literary Devices Teacher Resources
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Challenge your literary analysts with this test review sheet. Learners identify rhetorical devices and parallel structure in addition to defining literary devices and vocabulary. While there is no test included, this could be used as a guide to create a test or unit on the provided list of poems and stories, which includes "The Gettysburg Address," "O Captain! My Captain!," "I Have a Dream," and more.
Identify literary devices (alliteration, repetition, allusion, etc.) that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used in his "I Have a Dream" speech. Middle schoolers go on to identify the literarcy devices Malcolm X used in "The Ballot or the Bullet?" and analyze the effectiveness of the literary devices used in these speeches. Use this lesson to compare text structures within a genre.
Scholars use technology to explore poetry and its related elements, such as theme, figures of speech, and other literary devices. They complete four poetry projects including a poem analysis with a concept web, an interactive poem companion, a filmed recitation with storyboards, and a multimedia presentation. Links to complete instructional materials, including rubrics and a PowerPoint that introduces the projects, are provided.
Learners examine the use of literary devices and teenage emotions. For this language arts lesson, students read Venola in Love and The Highwayman aloud as a class. The class engages in a discussion on emotions depicted in the reading and also analyze new vocabulary words they encountered while reading.
Eighth graders identify figurative language and poetry in this literary analysis activity. Using Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and a YouTube video for "The Walrus and the Carpenter," young readers complete a literary device and element review worksheet. The activity focuses on poetic devices, but you could work on concepts such as theme development as well.
If you're beginning The Odyssey and would like to address figurative language and basic story elements, this resource could be useful. Over the course of two days, class members identify the main events, explore characters, identify figurative language, create their own similes, and write and illustrate a children's book version of a section of the poem. The resource also includes goals, objectives, and suggestions for assessments.
Middle schoolers examine the Latin roots -scrib, -script, -spec, and -spect, and discuss literary devices. They define the meaning of each Latin root, and in small groups generate a list of words containing each root. They then write examples of two types of literary devices.