Welcome to Lit. Term Tuesday – an easy way to start your class each Tuesday (or whatever day you want) with a high-interest bell-ringer lecture featuring classic literary devices paired with modern, pop-culture examples with which your students are certain to identify. (These literary device lectures also work great as flipped content for weekly homework assignments on in-class stations.)
Sure, everyone knows protagonist and antagonist, but have your students learned about anti-heroes (think: Walter White from Breaking Bad, and Dexter) or foils (Jude Law's Watson to Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes)? Freshen up their literary term knowledge with these once-a-week-lectures, ranging from five-to-15 minutes each. From Will Ferrell to Stephen Colbert to Ferris Bueller to Mad Magazine, there are plenty of lively examples included in these lectures to help your students relate to the literary techniques used in our greatest classic tales.
This package includes more than 50 slides covering more than 45 writers' tools, neatly stacked into 19 dynamic lectures. If you have Notebook software and/or use a SMARTBoard, you'll love the interactive files. If you have only a computer and projector, you'll enjoy the vibrant, clean-designed PowerPoint made just for you.
UPDATE: I've also included links to 19 video presentations (one per weekly lesson) to serve as lecturer notes/prep materials or flipped lesson materials. Feel free to use them to prep yourself for the bell-ringer lectures or share directly with your students.
Most semesters run for 18 weeks, but I included an extra lesson in case you have a bonus Tuesday in your calendar. Have students record notes on each term and then, if desired, test them at the end of the semester as part of your usual semester final exam.
Literary terms/devices covered include: theme, storytelling arc, exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, protagonist, antagonist, anti-hero, foil, point of view, first person, third person limited, third person omniscient, third person objective, rhetoric, ethos, pathos, logos, tone, mood, archetypes, diction, dialect, dialogue, figures of speech, figurative language, idiom, characterization, direct/indirect, static/dynamic, satire, parody, internal monologue, soliloquy, aside, simile, metaphor, extended metaphor, mixed metaphor, symbolism, denotation, connotation, verbal irony, situational irony, dramatic irony, personification, pathetic fallacy, foreshadow, foreshadowing, flashback, hyperbole, paradox.
Many, many hours have gone into developing these materials and I have successfully used them with both ninth and eleventh grade students. I hope you enjoy taking this short-cut to making a dramatic impact sure to impress your students.
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If you like these lessons, be sure to check out my companion weekly grammar lessons, featuring the most common errors committed by middle- and high-school writers: Click here for Full-Semester of Grammar Lessons
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