Okay, so here it is. I started out with a drill on what a metaphor, simile, and imagery is for a drill. Then, I had my students find examples of each in Huckleberry Finn to get some practice. We went over both, and discussed what the differences were between each. This can be taken out, or adapted for whatever book/unit you are on, but I found it works well.
I then had the students take a literary device slip out of a hat, so that it was random, and they wrote it down on something that looked like this:
The examples is where the game comes in. They have to come up with, on their own or in their groups, examples of the literary device that they pulled. They need to be put into groups to make the game a little bit more collaborative and not take so long. I have classes of around 25-30, and groups of 6 worked pretty well.
The rules are:
- The groups go in rounds. One person from the group has to present their example, and only the example, from their page. I would suggest they make around four examples for the sake of time and uneven groups.
- The other groups, after the first has presented their example, have to guess what the literary device that is being used. I gave them “cheat sheets” so that they wouldn’t get frustrated. I got a list from the internet, and I cannot seem to find it now. But I made sure it had examples. If you want it, I will find the file and can post that later.
- The other groups that are guessing the literary device example only get one shot at it, and then if they get it wrong they are out for that point. If they guess correctly, the guessing group gets the point. If no group gets it correctly, the presenting group gets the point.
I do a few rounds with it, and it gets fun. If they aren’t into it, make it interesting by telling them the winning group gets a prize of some kind, like a homework pass, or candy.
Like I said, it can be used for any other thing, or vocab list, or even math problems. Use this as you will. I got the idea from The Mark Twain Museum’s Lesson Plan Page. I don’t remember which one, but it is there, not in game form. The link has great plans though, so I would recommend looking it over, and seeing what you might use.
Blast from the past: I will be using this tomorrow, but with fallacies instead of literary devices. Feel free to steal it from me!