Help your students make sense of how authors use language to inform meaning with this set of 30 diction task cards. Each card features a different literary passage and prompt, asking students to identify analyze the passage's diction. Tasks include identifying and explaining denotation and connotation, abstract and concrete diction, slang, and jargon.
These 30 task cards (two on a sheet, as they are larger to include longer passages) can be used as bell-ringers, group work, quizzes, or review activities. An answer key is included as a guide.
Passages come from works of literature such as The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, "The Yellow Wallpaper," and many other classics.
To make the task cards last longer, print and laminate so you can reuse with each class and year.
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