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Exploring Literary Devices: A Creative Writing Project
Title: Exploring Literary Devices: A Creative Writing Project
Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1)
Subject: English Language Arts
Summary: This project engages tenth-grade students in exploring various literary devices through a creative writing activity.
Topic: Exploring Literary Devices through Creative Writing
- Identify and analyze various literary devices used in literature
- Apply literary devices effectively in their own creative writing
- Communicate ideas and emotions through written expression
- Collaborate and provide constructive feedback to peers
This project will be conducted over a span of two weeks and will involve a combination of individual and group work. The students will be introduced to different literary devices through interactive discussions, examples from literature, and multimedia resources. They will then apply their understanding of these devices in their own creative writing pieces.
- Textbooks and literature anthologies
- Writing materials (paper, pens, pencils, etc.)
- Computers or tablets with internet access
- Projector or interactive whiteboard
- Printed handouts with literary device examples
Step 1: Introduction to Literary Devices (2 days)
Begin by introducing the concept of literary devices to the students. Use examples from literature to illustrate different devices such as simile, metaphor, personification, imagery, symbolism, and foreshadowing. Engage the students in discussions and encourage them to identify these devices in the texts they have read.
Provide handouts with examples of literary devices and ask students to analyze and discuss them in small groups. Facilitate a class discussion to share their findings and insights.
Step 2: Exploring Literary Devices (3 days)
Assign each student a specific literary device to research in-depth. They should explore its definition, examples from literature, and its impact on the reader. Students can use both print and online resources for their research.
Once the research is complete, have students create multimedia presentations or posters to showcase their findings. Encourage them to be creative and include examples from literature, images, and explanations of how the device enhances the text.
Step 3: Creative Writing (5 days)
Now that students have a solid understanding of various literary devices, it's time for them to apply their knowledge in their own creative writing pieces. Assign a specific genre or theme for their stories, such as mystery, fantasy, or coming-of-age.
Students should incorporate at least three different literary devices into their stories. Encourage them to experiment with different devices and use them effectively to enhance their narratives. Provide guidance and support as they develop their ideas and drafts.
Step 4: Peer Feedback and Revision (2 days)
Organize peer feedback sessions where students exchange their stories and provide constructive criticism to their peers. Emphasize the importance of giving specific feedback related to the use of literary devices and the overall impact of the story.
After receiving feedback, students should revise and edit their stories accordingly. Encourage them to reflect on the feedback received and make necessary improvements to strengthen their narratives.
Step 5: Presentation and Reflection (1 day)
Allocate a day for students to present their creative writing pieces to the class. They can read their stories aloud or showcase their multimedia presentations/posters. After each presentation, encourage the class to provide feedback and discuss the effective use of literary devices in each story.
Conclude the project with a reflection activity where students write a short reflection on their learning experience, highlighting the literary devices they found most interesting or challenging to incorporate into their writing.
Assessment will be based on the following criteria:
- Active participation in class discussions and group activities
- Quality of research and presentation on assigned literary device
- Effective incorporation of literary devices in the creative writing piece
- Constructive feedback provided to peers during peer feedback sessions
- Final presentation and reflection on the learning experience
By the end of this project, students should:
- Know: The definitions and examples of various literary devices
- Understand: How literary devices enhance the meaning and impact of a text
- Can do: Apply literary devices effectively in their own creative writing