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English Language Arts - 11th

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.11-12.4)

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This project engages eleventh-grade students in exploring various literary devices through a creative writing activity.

Topic: Exploring Literary Devices

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and analyze different literary devices used in literature
  • Apply literary devices effectively in their own writing
  • Enhance critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Develop creativity and imagination


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 various literary devices through interactive discussions, examples from literature, and multimedia resources. They will then apply their understanding of these devices in a creative writing activity.

Resources/Materials Required:

  • Textbooks and literature anthologies
  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Writing materials (paper, pens, etc.)
  • Projector or interactive whiteboard
  • Printed handouts with examples of literary devices


Step 1: Introduction to Literary Devices (2 days)

Begin by introducing the concept of literary devices to the students. Use multimedia resources, such as videos or interactive presentations, to engage them in the topic. Provide examples of common literary devices, such as simile, metaphor, personification, imagery, and symbolism. Discuss the purpose and effect of each device in literature.

Divide the students into small groups and assign each group a specific literary device to research. Instruct them to find examples of the assigned device in different literary works and prepare a short presentation to share with the class.

Step 2: Group Presentations (1 day)

Allow each group to present their findings to the class. Encourage class participation by asking questions and facilitating discussions about the effectiveness of the literary devices presented.

Step 3: Creative Writing Activity (5 days)

Explain to the students that they will be creating their own short stories or poems, incorporating at least three different literary devices. Provide them with a list of literary devices to choose from and encourage them to experiment with new ones as well.

Allow the students to brainstorm ideas and develop their storylines or themes. Provide guidance and support as needed. Once they have finalized their ideas, give them time to write their stories or poems.

Step 4: Peer Review and Revision (2 days)

Pair the students up and have them exchange their written works. Instruct them to provide constructive feedback on the use of literary devices and overall writing quality. Encourage them to suggest improvements and revisions.

After receiving feedback, give the students time to revise and edit their stories or poems based on the suggestions provided.

Step 5: Sharing and Reflection (1 day)

Organize a sharing session where students can read their stories or poems aloud to the class. Encourage them to explain the literary devices they incorporated and the purpose behind their choices.

Conclude the project with a class discussion on the importance of literary devices in enhancing the overall impact of a piece of writing.


The students' performance will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Understanding and identification of literary devices in the group presentations
  • Effective incorporation of literary devices in their own creative writing
  • Quality of peer feedback and revisions
  • Active participation in class discussions and sharing sessions

Provide a rubric to the students at the beginning of the project, outlining the assessment criteria and expectations.

By the end of this project, students should:

  • Know: The definition and purpose of various literary devices
  • Understand: How literary devices enhance the impact of a piece of writing
  • Can do: Apply different literary devices effectively in their own creative writing

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.4)

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