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Ch 1: Literary Terms & Techniques Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Literary Terms and Techniques chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach literary vocabulary and techniques in your classroom. 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 and Techniques 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayOverview of literary periods
Poetry terms
A look at each period and its notable writers and characteristics
Technical and literary terms for poetry, including meter, verses, denotation, connotation
Tuesday Prose terms
Literary theory
Terms used in talking about prose, including conflict, denouement, characters, metaphor, allegory
Literary criticism, types of literary theory, including formalism and deconstructionism
WednesdayAnalyzing a literary passage
Answering test questions about literature
How to answer passage-analysis test questions
Strategies for answering multiple choice questions about literature
Thursday Symbolism and imagery
Allusion and illusion
Differences and similarities in symbolism and imagery in literature, along with examples
Differences in allusion and illusion, with examples
FridaySynecdoche and metonymy
Similes
Differences between metonymy and synecdoche, with examples
Definition and examples, the epic or extended simile

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Terms & Techniques Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

1. 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.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

2. 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!

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

3. 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.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

4. 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.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

5. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

6. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Symbolism & Imagery in Literature: Definitions & Examples

7. 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.

Allusion and Illusion: Definitions and Examples

8. 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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

9. 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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

10. 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.

What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

11. What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples

Break a leg! It takes two to tango. In this lesson, we'll learn all about idioms, those colorful figures of speech that play with language and take on a meaning of their own.

What is a Homophone? - Definition & Examples

12. What is a Homophone? - Definition & Examples

Remember those confusing words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings? They're called homophones. In this lesson, you'll learn why recognizing homophones is important and discuss a few different ways for mastering them.

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