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10th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the terms used in literature and the devices authors use in literary works. They will learn how to recognize a metaphor, why authors use sensory language and oxymoron, the purpose for flashbacks and foreshadowing, and much more.
Well-written and engagingly presented, these brief little lessons make wading through a morass of literary terminology fun and easy. The quizzes and chapter test make self-assessment a simple matter, and the Dashboard keeps students organized and on track. By the time they complete the chapter, students should be able to:
- Define and describe metaphor, allusion, allegory, symbolism and imagery in literature
- Distinguish personification from apostrophe and cite examples of each
- Explain and describe examples of sensory language and ambiguity
- Illustrate and define oxymoron and explain the purpose for it
- Describe and explain flashback and foreshadowing
- Identify and define sarcasm and irony, and give examples
1. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
2. Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples
In this lesson, explore how writers use personification to give human characteristics to objects, ideas, and animals. Learn about apostrophe, or when characters speak to objects, ideas, and even imaginary people as if they were also characters.
3. Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples
Sometimes it's easier for a writer to explain an idea by making a reference to a famous story, person, event, or object. This reference is called an allusion, and in this lesson, you will learn what an allusion is and read several examples from literature.
4. Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples
Learn about allegories and how stories can be used to deliver messages, lessons or even commentaries on big concepts and institutions. Explore how allegories range from straightforward to heavily-veiled and subtle.
5. Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples
In this lesson you will learn how poets and authors use symbolism in their writing to make it more meaningful and interesting. Explore how descriptive writing called imagery appeals to the senses, adding to works of literature.
6. Sensory Language: Definition & Examples
This lesson assists you in identifying and understanding the components of sensory writing found in literature. Learn more about sensory writing and test your understanding with a short quiz.
7. Oxymoron in Literature: Definition, Purpose & Examples
In this lesson, you'll review figurative language and its purpose in literature. Then, take a closer look at the term oxymoron and analyze some examples.
8. What is a Flashback in Literature? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will assist you in identifying and understanding the components of flashbacks found in literature. See examples of flashbacks, and then test your understanding through a quiz.
9. What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions
Learn about how authors use foreshadowing, both subtle and direct, as part of their storytelling process. Explore many examples of foreshadowing, from classical plays to contemporary stories.
10. Sarcasm in Literature: Example & Explanation
In this lesson, we will define sarcasm. We will then look at sarcasm in literature, including why an author would use sarcasm, the history of it in literature, and then some of the examples in writings.
11. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions
Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.
12. Ambiguity in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will define ambiguity and discuss how our everyday conversations may be ambiguous. We will also look at ambiguity in literature, including why an author may choose to use it as a literary device and how it may affect the audience.
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- 10th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
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- Novel Exemplars: Grapes of Wrath & Fahrenheit 451
- Drama Characteristics: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
- Poetry Terms & Analysis: Percy Shelley & Shakespeare
- 10th Grade English: Nonfiction Text Analysis
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- 10th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone
- 10th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 10th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 10th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 10th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 10th Grade English: Research Skills
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