Grade: Senior
Subject: Literature

#2391. Figures of Speech in a Flash

Literature, level: Senior
Posted Sun Sep 30 16:27:24 PDT 2001 by Martha Guerrero (
La Feria High School, La Feria, Texas
Materials Required: index cards, Literature Books, markers
Activity Time: 2 weeks
Concepts Taught: study aides for literary devices

Objective: Students will be able to identify figures of speech (metaphor, simile, personification, metonomy, synechdoche, oxymoron, hyperbole, litotes, puns, irony, imagery, etc...)
Lecture over the basic meaning of each of the devices. Choose two or three to work on each day.
Give the students examples of each of the devices during the lecture.
Divide the class into pairs.
Give each pair about 15 index cards.
Have the students write out the name of the devices taught that day.
Have the students search in their literature books for examples of the devices and create two flashcards for each. Each card should have the name of the device on one side and an example from literature on the other.
When the students are finished creating one for all of the literary devices, have the pairs switch partners with another pair of students and practice identifying the literary device with a new set of flashcards.
You can easily test the students ability to recognize the figures of speech/lit. devices and they have a great study aide at their disposal.