Week of 2/6/17

American Literature

This week we will continue our unit on Puritan/Colonial literature.  Remember that your literary terms project is due Monday, February 13.  You should be prepared to present it. I have attached the terms and directions below.

Literary Terms Project directions:

Now that you have completed all of the readings for this unit, it’s time to put your knowledge of the literary terms to the test. Not only is it important to be able to identify literary terms within a piece of literature, but it is also important to understand the writer’s purpose in utilizing that writing technique as well as the significance of the technique to the piece as a whole.

Your task is to create a Literary Terms PowerPoint presentation. You will use all 9 Key Terms from this unit. More than likely you will need two slides per term. Once you create a title slide, you will have approximately 19-20 slides.

For each term, you will include a specific text reference from one of the pieces from this unit that utilizes the term. For example, if my term is “simile,” I will want to find an example of a simile in one of the stories or poems we have read. You will type that example onto the slide. In addition, you need to explain the effectiveness or significance of that example as it relates to the piece. Lastly, you need to create your own sentence(s) utilizing that literary term. Please include a picture to go along with your example.

Literary Terms:

  1. Puritan Plain Style:  a way of writing that stresses simplicity and clarity of expression
  2. Archaisms:  words that are no longer in general use
  3. Allusion:  a reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, sports, politics, science, or some other branch of culture
  4. Inversion:   a reversal of the normal word order in a sentence or phrase
  5. Anaphora:  the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of a line, clause, or sentence
  6. Myth:  traditional stories passed down from generation to generation
  7. Slave Narrative:  autobiographical account of life as a slave
  8. Conceit:  an eloborate, extended metaphor
  9. Apostrophe:  a figure of speech in which a speaker directly addresses a person who is not there or a personified object, quality, or idea

Slide examples attachment:


Literary Terms Project rubric: