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Ch 16: Literary Terms for 11th Grade

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Watch 11th grade literary terms video lessons and learn about metaphors, similes, cliches, irony, foreshadowing and other terms. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Literary Terms for 11th Grade - Chapter Summary and Lesson Objectives

This chapter examines different 11th grade literary terms, providing definitions and examples of each topic. Students will explore the difference between synecdoche and metonymy and look at metaphors, similes and cliches. Attention is also paid to different types of irony. Later lessons examine the role of themes and motifs in literary works. The chapter explores point of view as well as literary terms related to a story's structure, such as foreshadowing and catharsis. Lessons end with a discussion of symbolism and imagery in literature. This chapter is designed to teach you about:

  • Metaphors, similes and cliches in writing
  • Difference between synecdoche and metonymy
  • First-, second- and third-person points of view
  • Allegory in literature
  • Examples of consonance, assonance and repetition
  • Symbolism and imagery in literary texts

Video Objective
What Is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition, and Types Define the different types of metaphors and provide examples.
Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions and Examples Compare and contrast the use of synecdoche and metonymy in writings.
Cliches, Paradoxes, and Equivocations: Definitions and Examples Provide examples of the differences between cliches, paradoxes and equivocations.
What Is a Simile? - Examples, Definitions, and Types Recognize examples and different types of similes.
Personification and Apostrophe: Differences and Examples Tell the difference between personification and apostrophe by providing examples.
Types of Irony: Examples and Definitions Analyze the different types of irony and recognize examples in texts.
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples Give definitions and examples of allusion and illusion.
What Are Themes and Motifs? Define the role of theme and motif in literary works.
Point of View: First, Second, and Third Person Explore the differences between first-, second- and third-person points of view.
Types of Point of View: Limited, Objective and Omniscient Narration Examine limited, objective and omniscient points of view and narration.
What Is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples, and Definitions Explain the different types of foreshadowing, providing examples of each.
What Is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples, and History in Literature and Drama Analyze different examples of catharsis in famous pieces of literature and drama.
Allegory in Literature: History, Definition, and Examples Explore the history of allegory in literature, examining different examples.
Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions and Examples Compare and contrast the role of consonance, assonance and repetition in writing.
Understatement and Litotes: Differences, Definitions, and Examples Provide examples of the differences between understatement and litotes.
Euphemism: Definition and Examples Give a definition and examples of euphemism.
Symbolism and Imagery in Literature: Definitions and Examples Examine the function of symbolism and imagery in literature.

16 Lessons in Chapter 16: Literary Terms for 11th Grade
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What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

2. Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

Would you lend your ears for a moment (or at least your eyeballs)? This lesson will explain what synecdoche and metonymy mean and how to spot them in a piece of prose or poetry.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

3. Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

Learn about cliches, paradoxes, and equivocations, and how they can weaken or strengthen certain types of writing. Explore examples of all three from literature and daily life.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

4. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

5. 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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

6. 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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

7. Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

Allusions and illusions have little in common besides the fact that they sound similar. Learn the difference between the two and how allusions are an important part of literature and writing - and how to spot them in text.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

8. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

9. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

10. 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.

What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

11. What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples & History in Literature and Drama

In this lesson, learn about catharsis, a purging of feelings that occurs when audiences have strong emotional reactions to a work of literature. Explore examples of literary works which lead to catharsis, including tragedies.

Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

12. 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.

Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

13. Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the different ways authors repeat consonant and vowel sounds in their literary works. Learn about how writers use repeated words and phrases with well-known examples.

Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

14. Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

In this lesson, explore the use of understatement as a way to draw attention to a specific quality or to add humor. Learn about litotes, a specific form of understatement, and discover examples from literature.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

15. Euphemism: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

16. 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.

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