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Students read and discuss act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night. In this Shakespeare lesson plan, students read and discuss this scene line by line while investigating the themes of gender roles and levels of love. They also discuss the literary devices of synecdoche and apostrophe before answering journal prompts. Finally, they watch a web based video of the scene.
If you teach AP English language and composition and are looking for a way to address the differences between written and spoken arguments, consider this instructional activity. Over the course of three days, class members research Charles Darwin or John Paul II, write a speech in the voice of their subject, determine the two best writing samples through consensus, and analyze these for diction, syntax, bias, and figurative language. Lastly, they write either a timed or take home comparison essay.
Jump back into expository writing and analysis at the start of a new school year! Start with a review of an authors' stylistic choices in diction, syntax, treatment of subject matter, and figurative language. Writers choose a text to analyze in a complete essay. Contemporary Literary Criticism is mentioned in the second step as a resource, but it is not included.
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.
To better understand the work of Black Panther logo artist Emory Douglas, learners define literary devices. They define a series of words such as metaphor, simile, and assonance, then place an example of that device found in Emory Douglas' work. They use visual language to define their words and describe how each device conveys a message in Douglas's work.
Over the course of the activity, your pupils read and analyze a translated eight-line poem from the Tang Dynasty written by Du Fu, a poet caught behind enemy lines during the An Lu-Shan rebellion (755-763). Literary/historical context is provided, along with 14 discussion questions, and a text-to-self connection journal prompt. Guidance for collaborative groups to analyze point of view and literary devices in the text, and templates to develop a storyboard version of the text are included. Finally, each class member composes his or her own poem about a condition changed. Use the activities detailed here as part of a unit on Tang Dynasty China, types of poetry, or with any thematic unit about change.
"Timid, scared, terrified." High school scholars examine words, their denotations and connotations, in a series of exercises that use lines from Shakespeare to explore figurative language and word relationships. Participants then demonstrate their understanding of these principles as they respond to questions on two poems by Robert Frost.
A 24-slide presentation that covers advanced literary terms such as asyndeton, anaphora, chiasmus, and litotes. With 10 terms covered in all, the slides of this presentation alternate between term definition and example. While the information in this presentation would be a valuable addition to an upper-level English course, the presentation itself is not interactive, engaging, or particularly well formatted.
Students discuss international trade. For this trade lesson, students read about comparative advantage and the benefits of international trade. Students perform a skills test to determine their individual specialization areas and write one page papers on specialization and opportunity costs. An extension activity involves analysis of NAFTA.
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.
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.
Students read a scene from Twelfth Night and complete close reading activities for the play. In this Shakespeare lesson, students read Act 1, Scene 1 and then define the characterization of Olivia and Duke Orsino. Students discuss the themes, vocabulary, literary devices, watch a video, and complete a journal activity.
Students examine Shakespearean sonnets as it pertains to the bard and the poet. For this reading Shakespeare lesson, students read Sonnet 116 and review the structure of a sonnet and how it works. Students share their thoughts on love and make connections regarding Shakespeare's sonnet.
Intended to be used along with the first chapter of An Introduction to Language textbook, this PowerPoint is full of linguistic terminology that is not necessarily explained. This tool can be used to complement a lecture or a text, but definitely does not stand alone. A wide variety of concepts are covered, the main idea being that language is symbolic and creative, with myriad uses.