This lesson presents the 35 most commonly used literary terms and their definitions to your students. These terms are used not only throughout the students’ school years but throughout their lives as well. The lesson contains:
• All instructions for the teacher
• A list of the 35 most commonly used literary terms and their definitions
• A graphic organizer that works as a study aide for students
• A test over 30 or the 35 words with KEY
Literary terms are part of Common Core Standards. If your students know literary terms and their definitions, they will be better able to demonstrate their understanding of these terms in context. The common core standards that deal with literary terms are:
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g. oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a Interpret figures of speech (e.g. paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.