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English Language Arts - 10th

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and analyze various literary devices used in literature
  • Apply literary devices effectively in their own creative writing
  • Communicate ideas and emotions through written and oral expression


This project will involve a combination of individual and group work, as well as both written and oral presentations. Students will be guided through the following steps:

  1. Introduction to Literary Devices: Begin by introducing students to various literary devices such as simile, metaphor, personification, imagery, and symbolism. Provide examples from well-known literary works to illustrate each device.
  2. Exploration of Literary Devices: Assign each student a specific literary device to research and analyze. Students will investigate how the device is used in different texts and identify its impact on the reader.
  3. Creative Writing Activity: Instruct students to write a short story or poem that incorporates the literary device assigned to them. Encourage creativity and originality in their writing.
  4. Peer Review and Feedback: Organize peer review sessions where students exchange their written pieces and provide constructive feedback to their peers. Emphasize the importance of offering specific suggestions for improvement.
  5. Oral Presentations: Allocate time for students to present their creative writing pieces to the class. Encourage them to explain how they incorporated the assigned literary device and the impact it had on their writing.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Textbooks or online resources on literary devices
  • Writing materials (paper, pens, pencils)
  • Access to a computer or tablet for research purposes
  • Projector or whiteboard for class discussions and presentations


Follow these steps to implement the project:

  1. Introduce the project to the students, explaining the learning outcomes and the importance of understanding and utilizing literary devices in their writing.
  2. Provide a list of literary devices for students to choose from or assign specific devices to each student.
  3. Allocate sufficient time for students to conduct research on their assigned literary device and gather examples from literature.
  4. Guide students in the process of incorporating the literary device into their creative writing piece. Offer support and feedback as needed.
  5. Organize peer review sessions, ensuring that students provide constructive feedback based on the assigned literary device.
  6. Set a date for oral presentations and allocate time for each student to present their work to the class.


Assess students based on the following criteria:

  • Accurate identification and analysis of the assigned literary device
  • Effective incorporation of the literary device in their creative writing
  • Clear and coherent written expression
  • Effective oral presentation skills

Provide feedback to students highlighting their strengths and areas for improvement.

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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)

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