Ch 1: Literary Techniques Lesson Plans

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Provide your students with different ways to learn about literary techniques and devices by employing the suggestions found within our lesson plans. Each lesson contains video and/or text instruction, suggested activities, discussion prompts and learning objectives to enhance the learning experience for your students.

Literary Techniques Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Find creative ways to teach literary topics in the classroom. Refer to these lesson plan outlines to learn how you can implement these instructional strategies. These lesson plans help you to more effectively teach the following:

  • Satire
  • Analogy
  • Allegory
  • Idiom
  • Types of irony

Each lesson also contains suggestions that will guide your students through studies that extend beyond the covered topics.

How It Helps

  • Meeting curriculum standards : Ensures that you are addressing material that satisfies Common Core.
  • Enhancing student learning: Fun and engaging classroom activities can help your students more easily learn and retain information about these literary topics.
  • Creating class discussions: Suggests topics that will further teach students about literary techniques through classroom discussions.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning literary technique lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific literary technique topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related literary technique lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important literary concepts form the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant literary-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

52 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Techniques Lesson Plans
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Literary Devices Lesson Plan

1. Literary Devices Lesson Plan

Give your students an overview of commonly-used literary devices with this lesson plan. Students start off watching an educational video describing each type of literary device, view examples of devices, then identify them in real works of literature.

Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

2. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples

This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.

Literary Devices Activities & Games

3. Literary Devices Activities & Games

As students develop reading and writing skills, it's important to equip them with the ability to recognize and utilize literary devices. In this lesson, activities and games are used to explore literary devices.

Irony Lesson Plan

4. Irony Lesson Plan

Isn't it ironic? Well, sometimes it isn't. Teach students what irony is and isn't, as well as the three types of irony, using this lesson plan. Students watch an engaging video and work to identify irony in samples.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. 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.

Verbal Irony Lesson Plan

6. Verbal Irony Lesson Plan

With this lesson, your students will be introduced to the concept of verbal irony. They will see it used in works of literature, and will practice using it in their own writing.

Idiom Activities

7. Idiom Activities

The English language is full of fun and creative idioms. Some of them are so strangely worded, that learning about them can make for some great activities. Why not try a few of these out for yourself?

Foreshadowing Lesson Plan

8. Foreshadowing Lesson Plan

Teaching your students about foreshadowing? This video-based lesson plan is the perfect way to teach types of foreshadowing and read some examples. Apply concepts with a fun activity.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

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.

Foreshadowing Activities

10. Foreshadowing Activities

Foreshadowing is an important element of literature and helps engage the readers' imagination. Students can gain a greater understanding and awareness of foreshadowing by utilizing these activities in the classroom.

Foreshadowing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

11. Foreshadowing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about foreshadowing. Students will answer questions about this literary technique and use examples of foreshadowing to make predictions about what will happen next in a story.

Foreshadowing Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

12. Foreshadowing Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball so that you could see into the future? Learning to use foreshadowing clues when you are reading is almost the same thing. Read on to find out about foreshadowing.

Foreshadowing Activities for Kids

13. Foreshadowing Activities for Kids

Learning about literary devices such as foreshadowing is a great way to get kids thinking about literature. This lesson offers simple yet intriguing activities that make it fun for students to understand foreshadowing.

Rhetoric Lesson Plan

14. Rhetoric Lesson Plan

Rhetoric is inescapable in society. This lesson ensures that your students understand it by presenting pertinent information in a video lesson, gauging understanding with a brief quiz, and providing an opportunity for practice with an activity.

What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

15. What is Rhetoric? - Definition, Devices & Examples

If you don't read this lesson, you'll never understand what rhetoric means! That may or may not be true; it's probably just hyperbole. Read about the different definitions of rhetoric and some of its most popular means of persuasion.

Word Choice Lesson Plan

16. Word Choice Lesson Plan

Word choice is a critical element in writing. Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction of essential word choices when writing to students with the use of a video lesson and pointed activities designed to reinforce key points.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

17. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Allusion Lesson Plan

18. Allusion Lesson Plan

This lesson plan includes two lessons, discussion questions, quizzes, and an extension that will help your students understand, spot, and write their own allusions.

What is Allusion in Poetry?

19. What is Allusion in Poetry?

Have you ever read a poem where the writer makes a reference to a person, place, thing, or event? If so, then you've most certainly stumbled across an allusion! This lesson explains what an allusion is, how it's used, and explores various examples of the literary device.

Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples

20. 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.

Allusion Activities & Games

21. Allusion Activities & Games

When used properly, allusions can be a great tool for students. This lesson provides teachers with allusion-based activities and games that can be used with students of varying ages.

Euphemism Activities & Games

22. Euphemism Activities & Games

Speaking euphemistically, students need to be gently reminded how euphemisms are created and used. This lesson provides teachers with just that ability by describing euphemism focused activities and games for classroom use.

Connotation Activities & Games

23. Connotation Activities & Games

When you use activities and games, even a language concept as difficult as connotations can be a breeze to teach. This lesson provides teachers with games and activities designed to teach connotation in the classroom.

Repetition in Literature Activities

24. Repetition in Literature Activities

Writers often use various strategies to draw the reader's attention to important information. Use these activities to help students learn about repetition in literature.

Imagery Activities & Games

25. Imagery Activities & Games

Understanding imagery can help students improve their reading comprehension and writing skills. Use these activities and games to help students identify examples of imagery and include imagery in their own writing.

Imagery Activities for Kids

26. Imagery Activities for Kids

Helping kids think about imagery can be a great way to support their reading as well as their writing. The activities in this lesson will make it fun for your students to work with imagery.

Flashback in Literature Lesson Plan

27. Flashback in Literature Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the literary device of flashback in this lesson plan. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Flashbacks in Literature Activities

28. Flashbacks in Literature Activities

If you are trying to teach students about flashbacks in literature, it can help to have some activities on hand to fold into your teaching. This lesson offers activities that will benefit students who are working with this complex literary device.

Flashbacks in Literature Activities for Kids

29. Flashbacks in Literature Activities for Kids

Teaching children how to make sense of literary devices and incorporate them into their own writing can be fun! This lesson offers activities that help you teach your young students about flashbacks in literature.

Sarcasm Activities

30. Sarcasm Activities

Sarcasm can be funny, witty, an expression of annoyance, or downright hurtful. In its many forms, sarcasm is not always easy to recognize. These are some fun activities to help adult learners recognize sarcasm and determine its purpose.

Sarcasm Activities for Kids

31. Sarcasm Activities for Kids

Sarcasm can be really difficult for young readers to make sense of, and this results in all sorts of comprehension problems. This lesson provides a series of activities that appeal to different learning styles while teaching kids about sarcasm.

Situational Irony Activities

32. Situational Irony Activities

Teaching students how to grasp concepts that are not as straightforward as others can be challenging. This lesson outlines ways in which teacher can demonstrate situational irony to students through the use of classroom activities.

Puns in Literature Lesson Plan

33. Puns in Literature Lesson Plan

What are puns and how do they impact meaning? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts about puns. A pun challenge gives students practice with puns.

Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

34. Pun in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll briefly review figurative language. Furthermore, we'll look closer at one type of figurative language: the pun. You'll be able to analyze some examples of the pun and see why it's used.

Puns Lesson Plan for Elementary School

35. Puns Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Puns are a lot of fun, and students enjoy learning about them and creating them! In this lesson plan, students will learn about five different types of puns, and they will rotate through learning stations to create and illustrate an example of each.

Puns Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

36. Puns Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Where did the greatest pun writer of all time live? Pun'sylvania! Read on to find out all about puns and how to write puns. Warning: You'll also be reading lots of puns, so be prepared to laugh out loud!

Pun Activities & Games

37. Pun Activities & Games

Teaching your students about puns can be fun when you use games and activities. This lesson provides you with several ideas you can use to introduce and reinforce puns in whole and small group settings.

Point of View Lesson Plan for Elementary School

38. Point of View Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help instruct your students about point of view. With it, they will read a text lesson that explains the differences between different points of view before applying their understanding to comprehension and writing activities.

Postmodernism in Literature Lesson Plan

39. Postmodernism in Literature Lesson Plan

Educate your students about postmodernism in literature with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a quiz, and participate in three hands-on activities to reinforce core concepts.

Stream of Consciousness in Literature Lesson Plan

40. Stream of Consciousness in Literature Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will watch a video lesson on stream of consciousness narration in literature. They will then gain a deeper understanding of the concept by practicing that style of narration in a creative writing activity.

Stream of Consciousness in Literature: Definition & Examples

41. Stream of Consciousness in Literature: Definition & Examples

Of all the tools authors use to draw readers into their characters' lives, one of the most useful is stream of consciousness narration. This lesson takes a closer look at that technique and provides two prominent examples of its use.

Counterclaim Lesson Plan

42. Counterclaim Lesson Plan

What is a counterclaim and when can they be filed? This lesson plan summarizes the process of filing a counterclaim. An activity walks students through the steps of filing a counterclaim.

Rhetorical Triangle Lesson Plan

43. Rhetorical Triangle Lesson Plan

What is the rhetorical triangle and how can it be used to strengthen arguments? This lesson plan introduces the basics of the rhetorical triangle with the help of a video lesson. An activity gives students practice in using it for persuasion.

Frame Narrative Lesson Plan

44. Frame Narrative Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students the structure of frame narratives and what they look like in action. Students will watch an educational video, discuss and interact with content in activities, and take a quiz.

Somebody Wanted But So Then Lesson Plan

45. Somebody Wanted But So Then Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers provide their students with an effective strategy for summarizing a story. Students will learn the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then strategy and apply it to some well-known stories.

Plot Diagram Lesson Plan

46. Plot Diagram Lesson Plan

This lesson will help teachers describe a typical story structure that can be used to analyze a fictional work. Students will watch a lesson about plot diagrams, define each component of a story, and analyze a familiar story using a plot diagram.

Shared Writing Lesson Plan

47. Shared Writing Lesson Plan

Teachers can use this lesson plan to introduce students to shared writing. Students will define shared writing, identify the parts and elements of a story, then participate in writing a shared story to showcase mastery.

Tongue Twister Lesson Plan

48. Tongue Twister Lesson Plan

Tongue twisters can be a lot of fun. But what is their purpose? In this lesson plan, students learn about alliteration and create some original tongue twisters.

Rhetorical Analysis Activities

49. Rhetorical Analysis Activities

Rhetorical analysis covers a broad range of options, from simple to complex. Use these activities to help your middle or high school students analyze the tone, persuasive technique, and use of literary devices in various forms of rhetoric.

Evaluating Text Activities

50. Evaluating Text Activities

Evaluating text is an important skill for students of all levels, from upper elementary through high school. Use these activities to engage students in specific exercises that enable them to use a hands-on approach to text evaluation.

The Phantom of the Opera Activities

51. The Phantom of the Opera Activities

The following activities are designed to help your students engage more deeply with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart's musical 'The Phantom of the Opera'. These activities can be used with the original Gaston Leroux book as well, with some adjustments.

Tone and Mood Activities for Middle School

52. Tone and Mood Activities for Middle School

Tone and mood can be challenging concepts to teach your middle school-age students. Use these engaging activities to help them identify and apply varying tones and moods to listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

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