Synecdoche Teacher Resources
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Ask your class to lend their ears, and eyes, to a short video that defines and offers examples of synecdoche and metonymy. Whether it be brand names like Kleenex® and Band-aids® that have come to stand for all the products in a category, or an object that is associated with an act or event (give a hand to help out) the video offers clever examples of these metaphorical expressions. The video, the third of seven that examine literary terms and devices, can be viewed independently or shown with the others in the series.
Synecdoches (sih-NEHK-duh-keez) are words for individual parts that refer to the whole, such as lend me your ears and too many mouths to feed. Learners identify the synecdoches in seven example sentences and explain their meanings.
High schoolers read and discuss act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night. In this Shakespeare instructional activity, 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.
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 lesson, 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.
Read a poem, any poem, and use this graphic organizer for analysis. The resource consists of a questions about the poem's literal meaning, a grid for noting down and analyzing poetic devices, specific questions about tone and theme, and a list of common poetic devices, many with examples.
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.
Present your class with an overview of poetry-related information. The slides are clearly organized by topic, starting with reading poetry, ending with myths, and touching on everything from the five senses to open and closed forms of poetry. The vocabulary used in the slides is relatively high-level, as is most of the information.
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 lesson. 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.
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.
Students identify a poem by Emily Dickinson for analysis. They apply a set of critical questions to a poem in order to interpret poem and find literary elements used by author. They organize information for a PowerPoint presentation on their poem.
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.
Learners discuss international trade focusing on opportunity cost and the principle of comparative advantage. They engage in a simulation activity based on different countries and their economic benefits.
Young scholars focus on the creation of personal metaphors, which are first illustrated in pictures and caricatures and then extended to descriptive/analytical paragraphs. They teach the lesson to others using their own personal metaphors as models.
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 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 create 2-3 poems, a children's story, or a two or three dimensional piece of art. In this Romantic Period lesson plan, students discuss the historical background of the Romantic Period and relevant literary terms. Students analyze and interpret texts from the Romantic Period. Students then create a work using Romantic characteristics to for a class exhibit.
In this online interactive history quiz instructional activity, students respond to 51 multiple choice questions about the accomplishments of Aristotle. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.