How to - Lit Devices Glossary

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The following are the steps to complete
successful literary devices.
You will follow this process every time you
complete a lit device entry.
This is the ONLY time we will do this in class!
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Topic: Literary Device Glossary
Essential Question: What process do I use to
complete successful entries?
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Step 1: Identify ONE literary device from your
reading.
You may want to find many as you read, but each
entry should only contain ONE lit device.
 Find the page and the context in which it is used
(Hint: you may need to reread the section!)
 Define the term.
 Quote the example. (Cite!)
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Step 2: Explain the context in which it is used
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Summarize BRIEFLY the section in which it is used;
in other words, give your reader some background.
DO NOT explain the whole story, characters, plot
details, etc. Assume your reader knows the general
gist of the story (because I usually do). 
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Step 3: Explain the use of the device in this
section.
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How is the device being used in this context?
Prove that it truly is an example of this device. (Use
an active voice – “This symbolizes….”).
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Step 4 : Explain the purpose and significance of
this device in relation to the text as a whole.
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Use quotes to support your claim.
Use themes and author’s messages to show what the
term is doing in the text. How does this device help
you as a reader understand the overall message(s)
better?
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Step 1: Identify ONE literary device from your reading.
Allusion:
A reference to a mythological, literary, or
historical person, place, or thing.
Example:
“White people don’t feel good about
Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it” (54).
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Step 2: Explain the context in which it is used
Turn to a partner and explain your allusion and
what is happening in that section of the text.
Write down your discussion using your best
academic writing. Copy the following:
Function: In Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction text
Fahrenheit 451, ____________________________
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Step 3: Explain the use of the device in this
section.
With your partner, discuss how you KNOW
that this is an example of allusion. What is
being referenced? Prove it.
Write down your discussion using your best
academic writing.
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Step 4 : Explain the purpose and significance of
this device in relation to the text as a whole.
With your partner, explain the importance of
this allusion. What is BRADBURY trying to get
across to the reader? What message is being
sent through the use of this allusion? Why use
an allusion instead of just deliberately telling
us?
Write down your discussion using your best
academic writing.
Type up your work from class today by next
Friday to turn in with your ONE-page reading
log for Fahrenheit 451
AND
Print Mugshots 6, Bring notecards, and a
Composition notebook!!!
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