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Ch 7: Literary Terms for 9th Grade Lesson Plans

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The Literary Terms for 9th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students in your classroom about the meanings and applications of various literary terms. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Literary Terms for 9th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition and Types;
Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions and Examples;
Cliches, Paradoxes and Equivocations: Definitions and Examples;
Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples
Using metaphors in your writing;
Identifying synecdoche and metonymy in prose writing;
Exploring cliches, paradoxes and equivocations in literature;
Distinguishing between similes and metaphors, and identifying epic similes
Tuesday Personification and Apostrophe: Differences and Examples;
Types of Irony: Examples and Definitions;
Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples;
What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition and Examples
Learning to give human characteristics to ideas, animals or inanimate objects;
Exploring verbal, dramatic and situational irony;
Differentiating between allusion and illusion in poetry;
Defining motif and exploring the contrasts between theme and subject
Wednesday Point of View: First, Second and Third Person;
Narrators in Literature: History, Definition and Examples;
What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples and Definitions;
What is Catharsis? - Definition, Examples and History in Literature and Drama
Writing from the first-, second- and third-person perspective;
Exploring aspects of omniscient and limited narration;
Learning about subtle and direct foreshadowing;
Analyzing literature that leads to strong emotion
Thursday Allegory in Literature: History, Definition and Examples;
Consonance, Assonance and Repetition: Definition and Examples;
Understatement and Litotes: Differences, Definitions and Examples;
Euphemism: Definition and Examples
Analyzing fables and parables, and the lessons they teach;
Exploring the ways in which authors use repetition for character development or dialogue enhancement;
Using litotes as a form of understatement in writing;
Looking at the use of euphemisms by Shakespeare and other notable writers
Friday Symbolism and Imagery in Literature: Definitions and Examples Understanding how imagery and symbolism can enhance the literary experience for the reader

22 Lessons in Chapter 7: Literary Terms for 9th Grade Lesson Plans
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Allegory in Literature: History, Definition & Examples

1. 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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

2. 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.

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.

Consonance, Assonance, and Repetition: Definitions & Examples

4. 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.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

6. 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.

Personification and Apostrophe: Differences & Examples

7. 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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

8. 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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

9. 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.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

10. 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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

11. 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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

12. 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.

Understatement & Litotes: Differences, Definitions & Examples

13. 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.

What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples

14. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

15. 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.

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

16. 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.

What is Foreshadowing? - Types, Examples & Definitions

17. 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 Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

18. What is Symbolism in Literature? - Definition, Types & Examples

Symbolism is a literary element used in literature to help readers understand a literary work. Learn more about the definition of symbolism and the different types of symbolism used in literature, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

19. What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at the definition of a synonym and review why they are important in writing and building vocabulary. We will also look at some examples and note where you could apply them in your own writing.

Personification in Literature: Definition & Examples

20. Personification in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at personification. Personification is a form of figurative language in which something that is not human is given human characteristics. This device is often used in poetry to enhance the meaning and beauty of poems.

Alliteration: Definition & Examples

21. Alliteration: Definition & Examples

Alliteration is a figure of speech used to create rhythm and bring focus to a line or sentence in a piece of written material. Learn about the definition of alliteration, see examples of alliteration and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Examples of Alliteration in Literature

22. Examples of Alliteration in Literature

Explore alliteration and learn how it is used throughout different styles of literature. Discover the power behind this simple literary device, and recognize how to easily identify its use across multiple literary genres.

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