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SBA ELA - Grade 11: Figurative Language - Chapter Summary
Let us help you destroy the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) (figuratively speaking, of course). You will be up to speed on turns of speech and comparisons through language after reviewing these fun lessons on figurative language. The language tools this chapter covers include:
- Synecdoche and Metonymy
- Cliches and equivocations
- Similes and metaphors
- Forms of irony
The videos in these lessons contain interesting graphics and real-world examples as our expert English instructors guide you through these tricky corners of the English language. You can review the lesson transcripts to see key terms bolded and use them as study guides. There is a short, responsive quiz following each video for review. Complete the chapter exam to measure your comprehension of the material and get practice answering multiple-choice questions about these topics.
SBA ELA - Grade 11: Figurative Language Chapter Objectives
The SBA for 11th grade students in ELA is a very low-stress series of assessments designed specifically to get a comprehensive look at your abilities in English in a big-picture kind of way rather than just as a measure of your ability to take a test. You will have a portion of the assessments which work like a semi-traditional, albeit short, computer adaptive test with multiple-choice questions and a few short responses. You will also have to complete several performance tasks which are essentially small research projects used to see how effectively you synthesize new information and construct your own arguments.
The material covered in this chapter will help in all areas of the test, but particularly in the questions which fall under the category Claim 1: Reading. In that category, containing 15-16 items, you will have to read and think critically about both informational and literary texts. Understanding figurative language and symbolism are especially critical in evaluating literary works.
1. What Is a Figure of Speech?
In this lesson, we will define figure of speech and explain why it is important in your writing. After this definition, we will examine the more common figure of speeches and look at some examples.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons
In this lesson, we will define the figure of speech called an oxymoron and look at several examples. We will then discuss how to recognize oxymorons and use them correctly in writing.
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Other chapters within the Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grade 11: Test Prep & Practice course
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Parts of Speech
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Sentence Types & Parts
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Interpretation & Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Literary Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Fiction Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Introduction to Nonfiction
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Writing Basics
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Academic Elements of Writing
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Effective Listening
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Listening & Speaking Skills
- Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grade 11 Flashcards