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Bring literary devices to life by listening to popular song clips and studying their lyrics.
Here are lesson ideas to teach and reinforce various forms of literary devices throughout the school year.
Students write scenes for stories using their own original characters. However, they write using the literary and plot devices found in the Lemony Snicket book series.
Pupils study literary devices used in poetry. They gain access to a specific Internet poetry site that provides a step-by-step guide on how to write a poem. They each write a poem and then exchange it with others in a group for peer feedback. They rewrite their poems, incorporating literary devices to make them more creative.
Expose your class to Shakespearean language with a manageable excerpt from As You Like It. A wonderfully comprehensive plan, this resource requires pupils to use higher-level thinking skills to interact with a complex text and connect literary devices to thematic meaning. Middle schoolers will examine diction, imagery, sound devices, figurative language, and more through the six provided activities.
Students identify and use various literary devices. They write the definitions of various literary devices on index cards, and with a partner review the definitions.
Lines from Shakespeare and from hip-hop provide learners with an opportunity to examine the literary devices these artists use to express their ideas about love. Groups use the provided lines to craft found poems and then the whole class compares and contrasts how the artists use language and literary devices.
Learners analyze poetry using literary devices. For this language arts lesson, students discuss elements used in poetry. This activity contains a handout on literary devices.
How does an author develop his or her personal writing style? This presentation starts by looking at E.E. Cummings and some of his most notable works. As an author with a lot of style, he's the perfect example! Then, terms such as figurative language, symbol, irony, and imagery (among others) are defined and examples are given. Several practice opportunities are also provided.
Teaching students about literary devices, such as simile and metaphor, can be a year long experience.
High schoolers apply their knowledge of literary devices by reading, and analyzing the poem Identity by Julio Noboa Polanco. They create their own poem incorporating the literary devices studied and analyzed in the above mentioned poem.
Twelfth graders use song lyrics to complete a literary and stylistic analysis of poetry. In this poetry analysis instructional activity, 12th graders analyze poems without knowing they are songs and complete an organizer. Students listen to the songs and complete a group poetry analysis. Students write an essay that analyzes a poem and the impact of its stylistic and literary devices.
Students explore descriptive writing and its effect on the reading experience. They consider an author's sensory experiences with frog sounds in springtime by reading and discussing the article "The Sweet Song of Spring: 'Ribbit;'" then Create a poster highlighting the meaning of a particular literary device learned about in class.
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.
In order to understand figurative language, learners read 5 poems, each exemplifying a different literary device. They discuss and write responses to each poem. They then choose one literary device which they will use as the basis for a short film which they will make with iMovie. What a great way to incorporate technology and language arts.
Students analyze effective story-telling and literary techniques used by playwright George Stevens, Jr. in the play 'Thurgood.' Students illustrate how past events have shaped their own lives by drawing a Lifeline of points in their lives, identify the literary devices used by George Stevens to depict the life of Thurgood Marshall on stage, and generate a Lifeline for a significant person from history, science, the arts or sports. Students adapt the Lifeline to the stage.
Fifth graders study narrative writing. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders review how an author uses vivid verbs, imagery, and adjectives to capture reader's attention. Students explore literary devices of foreshadowing, flashback and suspense in order that the students can classify how the author caught their attention.
Eleventh graders examine political, cultural, and social movements through music. In this 1960s American history lesson, 11th graders explore the music of the decade in order to better understand the complexity of the time period. Students analyze the lyrics of several sub-genres of rock music in order to identify literary devices, allusions, and themes.
Combine your pupils' love of music with their growing knowledge of poetry! First, have them bring in their favorite songs for a discussion on word choice and literary devices. Then, use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the qualities of poems and songs. A worksheet with various song lyrics and poems prompts them to brainstorm the differences between the two. A Six-Trait Writing activity guides them through writing their own original poems.
Why have your writers analyze the themes in literature in boring prose when you can have them practice their creativity and writing skills by producing an explication of a novel’s theme through verse? Start by explaining different types of poetry and poetic devices they can use, and discuss the most important parts of the novel that your readers can explore. They write, collaborate, revise, and submit their creation to the instructor. Modification can be made to have your middle schoolers create a visual representation of their theme or, instead of a written assessment, the class can present their findings through a poetry slam.