The following Powerpoint slides can be used as individual or class
practice (or printed as handouts) to review the often complicated language study of diction. Each slide contains a short passage from classical works of literary merit found on the public domain followed by two short response questions and a follow-up extension question, typically relating a thematic idea to author meaning.
Students can complete this activity as bellringers, in reader response journals, or as a class discussion. Ultimately, each slide or handout minilesson requires students to closely read the text to connect how meaning is expressed through word choice.
This skill is commonly practiced as an Advanced Placement™
English strategy or with pre-AP™ students practicing literary analysis techniques.
This file includes (1) terms review slide and (5) Powerpoint slides designed to be used once per class, for a total of one full week (or two weeks if on block scheduling). Diction exercises in this file feature passages from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy/Inferno, James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary.
Also available as part of a bundle featuring language analysis questions covering diction, figurative language, imagery, and syntax.
Language Analysis Bundle: Diction, Figurative Language, Imagery, Syntax