I searched for an accessible way to explain literary devices when my oldest daughter was asking for help in her final high school English class.
How to have fun teaching literary device to a homeschool high schooler? Use popular pop culture references.
If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device? An abbreviated, succinct version exists here.
And when you sit to watch a few of these videos, include your pop culture-trained teenagers. (You’ll figure it out as quickly as they will).
Hyperbole, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia:
And if you want to understand the basics of literary terms, Mrs. Day will help you.
And call me a sucker for the go-to literary device that rolls off my tongue:
And if you just don’t remember what so many of these terms are yourself, here is an excellent summary of many terms of figurative language.
Other writing things you can teach your homeschool kiddo:
- How to Teach your Kids to Write: A Brave Writer Review
- The Art of Language: Having Something to Say
- Teaching Kids Handwriting
- Teach Kids Spelling
Learning literary devices can be simple, and even fun, enjoying pop culture references that your teenager likely knows (& possibly even you!)
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