Literary Elements in Children’s Literature

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Last updated: May 5, 2019

Symbolism
Using one object to stand for something else or to mean something else.

Symbolism
Waving a white flag

Hyperbole
Literary exaggeration

Hyperbole
That guy is so mean his pit bull is afraid of him.

Hyperbole
My history teacher is so old that he personally witnessed the fall of Rome.

Rhyme
Sounding alike at the end.

Rhyme
Example of: bit-sit, love-dove, eek,peek

Descriptive Writing
Is the clear description of people, places, objects, or events using appropriate detail.

Descriptive Writing
This writing has details that describe what the writer sees, hears, smells, touches, and/or tastes.

Descriptive Writing
Example of: An essay describing a a fall day

Narrative Writing
Writing style that tells a story.

Narrative Writing
Example of: Writing that recounts what happened on your summer vacation

Sound Device
Words with meanings or functions that are indicated by their pronunciations, including onomatopoeia, alliteration, consonance, etc.

Onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it is describing (oil, meow, buzz, bang).

Alliteration
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in closely positioned words or stressed syllables for aural effect.

Alliteration
Example of: Rabbits running over roses.

Visualization
The process or result of mentally picturing objects or events that are normally experienced directly.

Couplet
I like to play with my cat. He likes to get in a hat. (This is an example of)

Couplet
A pair of rhyming verse lines

Homonyms
Words that sound the same and have the same spelling but have different meaning

Homonym
Table (a piece of furniture) and Table (a list of information)

Homonym
Bark (dog) and Bark (outer covering of a tree)

Homophones
Words the sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

Homophones
Hear and Here are examples of

Homophones
Great and Grate are examples of

Inversion
An interchange of position of adjacent objects in a sequence, especially a change in normal word order.

Inversion
Never have I been more insulted! (example of )

Inversion
Little did he understand the situation. (example of )

Literary Device
An all-purpose tem used to describe any literary techniques deliberately used to achieve a specific effect.

Simile
A literary device using “as” or “like” to make comparisons

Simile
He eats like a pig. (example of )

Simile
I believe that girl has a mouth as big as a canyon. (example of)

Metaphor
A literary device that makes a direct comparison

Metaphor
He is a pig.

(example of)

Metaphor
She is a lame duck. (example of)

Personification
Attributing human or other animate characteristics to an inanimate object.

Personification
My computer hates me. (example of )

Personification
Time never waits for anyone. (example of )

Personification
The camera loves me. (example of)

Symbolism
Using one object to stand for something else or to mean something else.

Symbolism
The color red to signal danger (example of)

Symbolism
The Scarlet Letter on Hester’s chest (example of

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