By Jamaica Thompson
For many people, there is nothing better than diving into a good book! For students of all ages, learning different elements of literature can help them fully engage with written works, while also enhancing their own writing skills.
Certain literary elements are part of every story, and they include plot, setting, narrator, characters (protagonist and antagonist), characterization, conflict, theme, mood, and tone. By learning these elements of literature, students can connect with, understand, and discuss written works.
Furthermore, specific literary devices give authors ways of making the words on the page more meaningful and engaging to their readers! Literary devices, such as simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, irony, symbolism, foreshadowing, and others, can be used by authors to create imagery, engage their audiences, and add artistry to their communication!
Every great work of literature can be better understood by investigating the author’s use of different literary devices. The poetry of Shel Silverstein would not be as silly and entertaining without his use of alliteration and irony. Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart would lose it’s suspense without foreshadowing. Little Women would lose much of its delightful humor without Louisa May Alcott’s use of sarcasm. These devices provide the emotional connection to the story that allow us to escape into the worlds found within the pages of our favorite books!
To help your students learn more about literature and different literary devices, check out our free mini unit: Forms and Elements of Literature!