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Literary Terms: Paradoxes, Contradictions, and Oxymorons (Minilesson)

Grade Levels
9th - 10th
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4 pages
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Can you fit a square peg in a round hole? What if you went back in time and killed your grandfather? Would you still continue to exist? How is the name "Biggie Smalls" an oxymoron? Find out the answers to these questions (and more!) with this useful resource I cooked up exploring various literary terms that have to do with paradoxes, contradictions, and oxymorons (aligned with Common Core Standard RL.9-10.4

The resource includes the following nifty features for a Minilesson:

  • 2-sided handout on paradoxes, contradictions, and oxymorons
  • 15 quotes and example from literature and other common sources
  • 1 "Further Reading" guide to take your students to the next level

To follow me on my journey follow me on my website at stonesoferasmus.com

For a simple reading comprehension (that's free) try out this Nonfiction reading worksheet.

Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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