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Ch 7: Literary Terms for 12th Grade: Help and Review

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The Literary Terms for 12th Grade chapter of this 12th Grade English Help and Review course is the simplest way to understand literary terms for 12th grade. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of literary terms for 12th grade.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding literary theory or literary terms for 12th grade
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a literary terms unit of a standard 12th grade English course. Topics covered include:

  • Metaphors
  • Personification and apostrophe
  • Types of irony
  • Catharsis
  • Foreshadowing

29 Lessons in Chapter 7: Literary Terms for 12th Grade: Help and Review
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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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

9. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

18. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

19. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

20. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

21. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Satire in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples

22. Satire in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples

Satire is a literary device used to create change through the use of sarcasm, humor and ridicule. Learn more about different types of satire, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Auxiliary Verb: Definition & Examples

23. Auxiliary Verb: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will review the definition of a verb and different verb phrases. Then, we'll look at a few examples to help differentiate between the main verb and auxiliary verbs.

Bildungsroman: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

24. Bildungsroman: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' was one, so was 'Great Expectations' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' In this lesson, we will learn what a Bildungsroman is and how characters like Holden Caulfield and Johnny Tremain overcame childhood obstacles on the way to growing up.

Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples

25. Denouement in Literature: Definition & Examples

What happens in a story after the big climax? In this lesson, we will take a look at the 'denouement,' the part of the narrative that wraps up all the loose ends.

Elegiac Poems: Definition & Examples

26. Elegiac Poems: Definition & Examples

Elegiac poetry came to rise in ancient Greek society and has endured to modern times. These reflective words of mourning, praise, and comfort often help people heal from the loss of a loved one or friend. Here is a brief lesson about this poetic form.

Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples

27. Epithet in Literature: Definition & Examples

Come explore the 'wine-dark' sea and meet Alexander the Great in this lesson on epithets! Keep reading to get familiar with the term and its many types, and get a chance to see these descriptors in action!

Euphony in Literature: Definition & Examples

28. Euphony in Literature: Definition & Examples

Have you ever read a poem that made you close your eyes and smile? Chances are, a poem like that used euphony. Euphony is a sound device that is very soothing to the ear. In this lesson, we will learn about how euphony is used in literature by discussing specific examples.

Informal Diction: Definition & Example

29. Informal Diction: Definition & Example

Chances are, you have already used informal diction today. In this lesson, we are going to discuss what informal diction is and how to identify it. We will examine some examples of it and compare it to other types of diction so that we understand when it should and should not be used.

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