Lesson 09: Recognize Literary Devices

Lesson Objectives:

 

 

 

  • Students will apply research and citation skills to identify and explore the following literary devices: personification, symbolism, imagery, metaphor, simile, rhythm, rhyme, meter, alliteration, assonance.
  • Students will compose an explanation based on research and provide a clear example of each device.

 


Do you know the following terms and how to identify them in a poem, novel, or other type of writing?  How about using these devices to enhance your writing? In this lesson, you get to do more online research to find your information. Use the Internet to find out what these literary devices mean and how to use them. 

 

Assignment:

Do not submit text that you have copied from sources, including websites. All of your work should be in your own words. Using copied text would be considered plagiarism. For more information, review our page on Plagiarism and Citation

 

 

There are two parts to this lesson.  You need to submit both parts.  Be sure to label each part.

 

 

 
Part 1:
For each of the devices below, provide a definition of the word in the literary sense, and cite the source of your definition. There are plenty of websites out there with good information. Use search engines (www.yahoo.com, www.google.com, www.ask.com, etc.) to help you find the information you are looking for.  Note that search engines will lead you to your source, but cannot be used as a sources.
 
1. Personification
2. Symbolism
3. Imagery
4. Metaphor
5. Simile
6. Rhythm
7. Rhyme
8. Meter
9. Alliteration
10. Assonance
 
Part 2: 
Now, tell me what you understand each device to mean, in your own words. Give an example of each of the devices listed above. Do not use the word in a sentence such as, "The cross is a symbol for Christianity" or "He's invisible, a walking personification of the Negative" (Ralph Ellison). I want you to provide a piece of writing that uses personification, that uses imagery, that rhymes, etc. You can be creative and write your own example, or find an excerpt from a previously written piece found on the Internet or in a book. Be sure to cite the source if you use an excerpt.
 
1. Personification
2. Symbolism
3. Imagery
4. Metaphor
5. Simile
6. Rhythm
7. Rhyme
8. Meter
9. Alliteration
10. Assonance

Grading Rubric:

To get a 10: All answers are correct the first time, or within the first revision. You can have no grammatical errors, within the first revision. Answer is in complete sentences; all lesson requirements have been met.
To get a 9: You can have 1 incorrect answer and 1 or 2 grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.). Answer is in complete sentences; all lesson requirements have been met.
To get an 8: You can have 1 incorrect answer and 3 grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.). Answer is in complete sentences; all lesson requirements have been met.
To get a 7: You can have 1 incorrect answer and 4 grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.) OR all answers are correct but several grammatical errors remain. Answer is in complete sentences; all lesson requirements have been met.
To get a 6: You can have 2 incorrect answers and 5 grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc). Answer is in complete sentences; lesson requirements have been met.
To get a 5: Plagiarism - purposeful or mistaken which will lower your final grade for the course (so be very careful when posting your work!); lack of effort, disrespect, or attitude (we are here to communicate with you if you don't understand something). Answer is in complete sentences; lesson requirements have been met.

Be aware that you will have a chance to revise your work. More than 2 revisions will result in a lower grade, so read the directions carefully and make sure you meet the requirements.