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Literary Devices!


You are in charge of “selling” your classmates on a particular literary device. Creative writers often like to play around with new ways of writing, but at the same time the number of options can be overwhelming. (And isn’t it sometimes easiest just to go with what you already know will work?) Working with a partner and using a PowerPoint presentation, sound files, and discussion on the class site, you will persuade fellow students to try the device you present and will give them feedback so they can do it correctly.

The Task :

By the end of this assignment, you will have completed the following tasks:

  • Reviewed literary devices and chosen a device that begins with “your” letter.
  • Divided your labor with a partner.
  • Created a five-slide PowerPoint presentation with sound files.
  • Written an inviting introduction to your device on the class site.
  • Provided constructive feedback to other students who are trying your device.
  • Tried out the devices presented by other students.

The Process:

  1. You will draw a piece of paper with three letters written on it. The person who draws the same letters will be your partner.
  2. Get a copy of the “forbidden devices” handout. These are devices that we have already covered and won’t be using for this project.
  3. You and your partner will visit at least one of the following sites:
Each of the sites above has lists of literary terms arranged alphabetically. Find your letters then look over a few of these terms and their definitions with your partner. Take notes on the terms and include examples along with the basic definition. Remember, you will be teaching these terms to the class.
  1. Create an eleven-slide PowerPoint presentation using the format below. Divide labor by having one person do one tern and the other person do the second. Create the slides for the third word together. If you do not know how to create a PowerPoint presentation, let me know and I will assist you.
  • Slide One – include the names of your literary devices, your name, and your partner’s name.
  • Slide Two – give a simple definition of your first device; this can be copied straight from one of the sites above, or you may write your own definition based on this information.
  • Slide Three – create a small piece of writing that shows the literary device in action. This can be any type of school-appropriate writing, but it should not be longer than four sentences. If possible, draw attention to the words or examples that show the literary device by changing text colors, underlining, or italicizing.
  • Slide Four – in a bullet list, give three reasons why a writer might use this device or list its purposes. This can be your opinion or you can search for your literary device on Google to find out what other people say. (For example, will the device make your writing feel more urgent, more drawn out, more fun to say out loud – what do you think?)
  • Slides 5-7 will show your second device, slides 8-10 will show your third.
  • Slide 11– this is your works cited slide – please title it “Works Cited.” List all of the websites that you used to create the presentation, including whichever site(s) you chose from step 3, plus any additional sites, such as those found in a Google search or a site that provided clip art if you chose to “decorate” your presentation. For each site listed on this page, include the title of the site, the link, and the date you visited it.
  1. Create five sound files: each one saying the name of the literary device, (you should be able to find these files on a web page... if you don't know how to do this, ask your teacher).
  1. Embed both of these sound files in each word introduction page of your presentation.
  1. Using Microsoft Word, create a 5-10 question quiz to test your peers over your literary devices. Remember, you want to make certain they can identify your device in any piece of literature so they will be successful on the EOC and in identifying these devices in everyday reading (and movie-watching... Shrek is full of them!)
  2. Let me know when your PowerPoint is ready to be transferred to the class site.I will transfer the files and give you the link to where you can see your PowerPoint on the web.
  3. Log in to the class site and create a new post with the title of the post being the name of your literary device.
  4. In the body of your post, give the link to your PowerPoint and invite your classmates to look at it. Try to use persuasive language that will spark the curiosity of your fellow students. For extra dazzle, use the literary device in your invitation.

  5. Publish the post to the “Literary Devices” category.
  6. When we meet back as a class and discuss what we have learned, you will be responsible for giving your quiz and then grading them. You will give me the scores and provide feedback to your peers who took the quizzes.











Power Point Basics
Four or fewer slides are complete

8 slides are complete
9-10 slides are complete
All 11 slides are complete
Division of Labor




(points are DOUBLE for this category)

Each person has worked on the slides, but not all information on devices is present.
Each person has created all of the slides, and has recorded at lesast one sound file, and most of the device information is present.
Each person has created all of the slides, the sound files are present, and the presentation is clear and easy to understand.
Each person has worked on the presentation as well as worked well together, the presentation is excellent and entertaining, and the information is clear and concise.
Works Cited contains the link for each site used.
Works Cited contains the title and link for each site used.
Works Cited contains the title, link, and date for each site used.
Works Cited is titled correctly and contains the title, link, and date for each site used.
Quiz and Scoring
A quiz is created, but has a few problems
A quiz is created, has 5-10 questions, and the material is covered in PowerPoint.
A quiz is created, has 5-10 questions over the material covered in PowerPoint, and peers are fairly successful in their scores
An outstanding quiz is created with clear and understandable questions, the maximum amount of questions are present, and peers are extremely successful on this quiz.


In this lesson, you took “ownership” of a literary device and presented it to your classmates in such a way that they saw it in action, were presented with examples so they can easily identify it, and learned how to pronounce it. Finally, you viewed the presentations of others and took quizzes from their presentations to show you understand all of the devices!

Questions you may consider, just for fun, include how your device compared to those presented by other members of the class. For example, perhaps your device was anaphora, where the first word of each sentence is the same. Did you find anyone who was doing epistrophe, where the LAST word of each sentence is the same? And finally, did you discover that you are already using some of these devices, and you just didn’t know they had a name?