A Glossary of Literary Terms

This A Glossary of Literary Terms handout & reference also includes:

If you're tired of defining allusion, onomatopoeia, and satire for your language arts students, hand out a complete list of literary devices to keep the terms straight. Each term includes a definition that is easy to understand and applicable for any class structure.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign a term from each section for learners to research and present with specific examples
  • Encourage class members to keep the pages in a language arts binder for easy reference
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource does not include ideas for classroom implementation, but is versatile for multiple uses
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes terms for literary devices, genres, and parts of a book
  • Terms are in alphabetical order
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