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Twelfth graders explore the use of oxymorons in everyday speech and writing. In small groups, 12th graders develop a list of common oxymorons they have heard or read to present to the class, and search the Internet for additional oxymorons.
In need of a brilliant  definition and example of oxymoron? Here are two slides that contain a contextual example, common phrases as examples, and a definition of the word. Note: There are only two slides in this presentation add more definitions for a complete lesson.
In this vocabulary instructional activity, students read 100 English oxymorons. They include "absolutely unsure" and "hone hundred and ten percent."
In this oxymoron worksheet, learners test their vocabulary skills by reading and identifying the contradiction in each of the given phrases.
Introduce your class to verbal irony and oxymorons in this lesson, which prompts them to write a "backwards poem" based on the novel Holes. After reading the first chapter, discuss the use of irony, beginning with the very first sentence. A sample of a backwards poem, full of oxymorons, demonstrates how to go about writing a poem. A fun part of the lesson includes pairing adjectives with unlike nouns, such as "delicious garbage."
Fourth graders identify the usage of idiom, hyperbole, and oxymoron in literary passages. They apply this knowledge of figurative language through a composition exercise. The writing of teacher generated examples is also helpful.
Is there a difference between writing errors and employing rhetorical devices? This presentation argues that there is a difference, but it might be a finer point than one would think. Addressing double entendre, oxymorons, and parody, among others, against their counterpoints (ambiguity, contradiction, imitation), the slide show is entertaining for grammarians and wordsmiths alike. Your class will appreciate the examples of each device throughout the presentation.
Shakespeare was such a talented writer, but why? It must be his use of figurative language, blended with his clever, twisting plots. This worksheet focuses on his use of metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, and hyperbole within Romeo and Juliet. Your readers will study specific lines (given), identify the figurative language used, and explain how they know its that specific type. 
Groups become experts in one aspect of the six traits of writing, prepare a PowerPoint presentation, jigsaw, and teach others about their trait. Writers then focus on these traits as they compose a persuasive essay about a person they consider to be an American hero. Lists of Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs) and Extended Three Letter Acronyms (ETLAs) often found on the Internet, as well as lists of palindromes and oxymorons are also included. 17 lessons are contained in the unit.  
I have a pair of ducks; one can’t swim. Viewers are introduced to several literary terms (paradox, oxymoron, pun, irony, etc.) that are defined and illustrated with examples. Then they are asked to identify the figurative language used in a series of sentences.
Sixth graders explore language arts by utilizing the Internet. In this figurative language instructional activity, 6th graders identify the vocabulary terms oxymoron, simile, idiom and others. Students read a story called More Parts and identify the writing techniques used before reading more stories on-line.
What is an oxymoron? Learners determine pairs of words that contradict themselves in this matching worksheet. Next, they pair fourteen words.
Play a figurative language game! Starting with a review of terms, this presentation quickly launches into a quiz game with hyper-linked answers. Simply click an answer to find out if it's wrong or right. The option to try again is always there. After the game, learners will have reviewed nine terms with eleven examples. Tip: Place your class into teams to encourage discussion about figurative language.
Scholars demonstrate the ability to evaluate authors' use of literary elements such as metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, and onomatopoeia. They are provided with a checklist and must shop for poems that contain the poetry terms on their list. Poems can be posted around the room or in hallways. Learners are assessed on their accuracy in finding the literary terms on the checklist.
Students consider their own notions of poverty, examine the life of a woman classified as "working poor" from a variety of perspectives, and present their findings to the class. Then, students synthesize their knowledge in a paper.
Seriously, 93 slides of literary terms? Yes, and well worth the time, although perhaps not all at once. The beauty here is in the concise, easy-to-understand definitions for such well-known terms as imagery and personification, as well as for more esoteric terms such as enjambment and litotes. The color-coded examples are an added bonus. 
Blank verse, stichomythia, soliloquy, allusion, oxymoron, malaprop? Readers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will need to know these terms to successfully complete a study guide designed for the first two acts of Shakespeare’s comedy. The majority of the questions are fact-based and would work best to help learners comprehend events and keep characters straight.
By George, there are so many literary devices illustrated here! Help your pupils create interest in their writing by presenting one or two of these literary devices at a time. The slides contain examples and beg participation from the audience, but some of the examples included will surely be over their heads. Prepare some of your own, just in case. 
Need a review of literary terms and figurative language? Although text heavy, these slides clearly define frequently used terms and provide color-coded examples.
Explore the pop art movement and create a sculpture in the pop art style based on a visual pun, or play on words. The scholar's work may use humor, allegory, metaphor, or be in the form of a parody. Visual examples are provided, and some basic pop art vocabulary is provided. Let the creativity flow! 

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