The first year I was teaching, I tried to identify some needs in my 10th graders as to literary terms and types of literature they needed to learn. I have to admit, the terms I chose and the ones I did not are seemingly random, but random keeps kids on their toes. Four quizzes with over 35 terms.
If you have the purple/plum/mauve anthology, these terms are in the back, and I used that anthology to have students look up the words. Online works, too. I believe the goal was to get all the way through the alphabet, if necessary, but I made quizzes for A-F, then told students I would make more if necessary. You can make the rest or use the same hollow threat and just get them started.
37 questions about the following words:
List of terms to use:
#1: acronym . active voice , allegory , alliteration , ambiguity , antonyms, assonance , automatic writing or free writing , the bibliography or works cited page , character , cliché , climax
#2: consonance , context , denouement, dialect, diction, e.g. , ellipsis, epiphany, figure of speech, first person
Types of Literary Works: essay or article, novel , play , screenplay , short-short story , short story , song , vignette , prose poem, teleplay, poetry, creative writing, script, fiction, non-fiction, prose
Like I said, kind of random, since dialect is there but dialogue is not. And who uses teleplay? Anyhow, the price is right, you can edit all you want, and you get Quizstar online quiz codes. Use it as a pre-test to see what they learned in that super-teacher's class last year, or throw it at them at the end of the year to make sure they at least know basic lit terms.
Obviously, this assignment would be pretty cool if it included all lit terms through the entire alphabet, but that's so cliche (one of the words). Most of these words are middle-school level, maybe lower. My high school kids rarely knew them. I told other teachers we needed to just test them every year to review, if nothing else.
Make a word wall using these words, and make sure your soul-less vice principal sees the word wall so she doesn't claim you don't have a word wall in the classroom.. In fact, title it Literary Terms Word Wall.. I'm getting you started with A-F.
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