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Ch 7: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Figurative Language

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You will explore irony, metaphor, and paradox in this chapter on understanding and using figurative language. Get ready for the SBA Grade 11 ELA by completing the lessons and assessments.

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:

  • Euphemisms
  • Synecdoche and Metonymy
  • Cliches and equivocations
  • Similes and metaphors
  • Forms of irony
  • Oxymorons

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.

8 Lessons in Chapter 7: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Figurative Language
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is a Figure of Speech?

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.

Euphemism: Definition & 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

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.

Synecdoche vs. Metonymy: Definitions & Examples

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.

Cliches, Paradoxes & Equivocations: Definitions & Examples

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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

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.

How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons

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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