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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.
Young scholars identify and use various literary devices. They write the definitions of various literary devices on index cards, and with a partner review the definitions.
Twelfth graders use song lyrics to complete a literary and stylistic analysis of poetry. In this poetry analysis lesson, 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.
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.
Wrap up your poetry unit with a portfolio. This resource includes specific requirements for the presentation and content of a portfolio. Writers include examples of literary devices, write six original poems, and conduct a study of a poet. Included in the packet are examples and descriptions of each type of poem, a rubric, and list of poets to study. Since the resource has so many examples, you could easily use the project to help guide a unit.
Students practice analysis of poetry by analyzing song lyrics using a worksheet to guide the analysis process. They work in small groups to assess the stylistic and literary devices used in the song lyrics then they find a published poem to analyze and present to the class.
Fifth graders examine historical cartoons. In this literary device lesson, 5th graders view historical cartoons and write lines and phrases to match. Students display their work around the room.
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. 
Ninth graders listen to a read aloud of two short stories focusing on literary devices. The write about the settings and realism of the stories, and decide each main character handles the conflict he faces with nature.
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.
In this poems, literary devices, and poets worksheet, students identify from a word bank the poem, literary device, or poet that is being described. Students complete 16 problems.
Ninth graders analyze the literary devices used in poetry and make a connection between song lyrics and poetry. They list favorite songs and share lyrics. They read the lyrics to "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls and summarize the lyrics.
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. 
Metaphors, the definition of, types of, and examples of, are the subject of a short video that models for viewers this grand poobah of literary terms. Colorful images and animations are used to illustrate the connections between seemingly dissimilar things. In addition, the narrator introduces the concept of equivalence to distinguish between metaphors and similes. Consider extending the lesson by asking class members to craft their own examples of metaphors, extended metaphors, and mixed metaphors. The video can stand alone or be used with the other seven in a series that examine literary devices.
Tenth graders analyze the use of figurative language and themes used in selected poems and prose. They read four different literature works and define various literary devices such as symbolism, metaphor, personification, and simile. Learners also identify examples of the figurative language and devices used in the works. Lastly, they discuss the theme of each work and the universality of the themes.
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.
Twelfth graders use music to aid them in interpreting poetry. In this poetry activity, 12th graders analyze the lyrics, figurative language, and literary devices of selected music. Students compare the music to the poetry of Samuel Coleridge Taylor.